On this date in baseball in 1985, Cal Ripken missed an exhibition game against the Naval Academy after injuring his ankle against the Texas Rangers the night before.
You think Lou Gehrig got hurt on pickoff attempts?
More importantly, do you think his disease was contagious a la fictional George Steinbrenner?
Jim Palmer, ace arm.
Money Store, corporate schill.
Bless you, late-night cable.
Another 80s Baseball Player of the Day haiku.
According to ESPN’s “Top 100” list, Rafael Palmeiro is a better baseball player than Ed Delahanty, who batted over .400 three times and holds a career .346 batting average.
“Big” Ed also died a
sad absurd insane death.
All Palmeiro ever did was compile, perjure himself and abuse PEDs.
Advantage, Big Ed.
Pariah. Spitter. Hall of Famer. Gold Glover. Classic Met. Arizona Diamondback. Wearer of jaunty mustaches. Leveler of Excellence. Possessor of pensive looks.
Roberto Alomar was a wearer of many different hats. Including this dope San Diego Padres cap.
O’s and Rangers will lock horns on Friday in a Wild Card showdown — with the winner advancing to the playoffs proper.
Pete Incaviglia suited up for both teams, but never played in a playoff game for Texas.
He did compete in the ALCS for the Birds in 1996, but that didn’t stop him from rocking a sweet tin his back pocket in this pic.
I guess there is a trend starting here. “Drug” guys.
My buddy That’s On Point sent along a Sammy Steward Topps card to me. I thought Stewart was taking the piss in that photo and in this one.
Turns out, he wasn’t. He’s been arrested 26 times, and is currently in the midst of an 8-year prison sentence.
His weapon of choice, crack.
The original SABR-wielding, cigarette-smoking, pop-top beer drinking, 27-outs-on-offense protecting manager, Earl Weaver was once ejected in both ends of a doubleheader.
Put that in your pipe and smoke it, Bobby Cox.
Today is National Left-Handers Day.
In celebration, here is one of the best straight lefties (B/L; T/L) of all-time, Reggie Jackson.
Well-known as an RBI Baseball legend for his prodigious power to the short porch in right field of Tengen Stadium, Jackson clobbered 563 real-life home runs.
Recently, the Yankees “punished” The Straw That Stirs The Drink for unflattering comments about A-Rod. Does the man in this picture, replete with tinted shooting glasses, jaunty soul patch and unkempt mustache, look like someone that would take guff from bozos like the Steinbrenner Bros. and Randy Levine?