It’s probably a good thing memes didn’t exist in the early 1980s.
J.R. Richard was one of baseball’s brightest stars of that era, until “dead arm” derailed his career. Well, the “dead arm” that forced him to leave a July 14, 1980 against the Braves led to a stroke that nearly killed Richard.
Not to compare to it LeBron’s saga last night in the NBA Finals, but I wonder if Gatorade would’ve trolled Richard for not being able to finish a game due to injury.
More egregious is the fact the Astros haven’t retired the big Louisianians No. 50. Guess the brass would rather treat people like line graphs than do the right thing.
In case you missed it last night, New York Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda turned into a deciduous tree on the mound once again.
I’m sure spitballing Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry approved. The man was a real-life Eddie Harris.
It’s unknown whether Perry ever drank any of Jobu’s rum though.
Overall, the Pineda situation hasn’t reached Pine Tar Incident status quite yet.
Callers on WFAN have been hotly debating the brutal start New York Mets’ outfielder/free-agent crown jewel Curtis Granderson has endured.
Mired in an 0-for-19 skid and sporting a .451 slugging percentage, the Grandy Man has invoked comparisons to the infamous Jason Bay — right up to suffering an injury colliding with a fence.
That led Sports Pope/Diet Coke emeritus Mike Francesa to mention Granderson in the same breath as the Bermuda Triangle of Juan Samuel, Carlos Baerga and Roberto Alomar.
An irate caller brought up Foster, who came east to Queens following a standout career in the Queen City.
The sharply facial-haired slugger disappointed the notoriously fickle Mets’ fans, but if Granderson hits as well as Foster did overall, it’d probably be one of Sandy Alderson’s few free-agent wins.
Recreation men’s softball season is upon us and today we honor Johnny Wockenfuss — not only for his beer-league stance, but for his positional versatility that any rec manager would relish.
I wonder if that OF designation meant he could be a short fielder, aka “The 10.”
Greg Maddux is a first-ballot Hall of Famer. No small feat there.
Arguably, this is the best news Chicago Cubs fans have gotten in over a decade. Aside from that time when the Cubs invented a mascot, called it “Clark,” and news outlets ran doctored photos of said mascot’s cartoon genitals. Ah, the halycon days of earlier this week.
"Mad Dog" is obviously going into the Hall wearing a Braves’ cap. Another burn on the Cubbies – seeing they retired his No. 31 a few years ago. Take that, Jeff Samardzija.
Rusty Staub is probably my second favorite Rusty, outside of Rusty Venture.
An original Montreal Expo, “Le Grand Orange” played in the Majors for a whopping 23 years — suiting up for five teams.
Staub was a solid hitter. He is tied with Raffy Palmiero for eighth all-time in career sac flies with 119. But more importantly, a better indicator of Staub’s selflessness is his dedication to humanitarianism.