Back from a Labor Day hiatus with a player who had several hiatuses (seven suspensions to be exact) throughout his checkered career.
Drugs and alcohol got the best of Steve Howe eventually, as he died in a car wreck. The autopsy showed he had meth in his system at the time.
Sandy Alomar Jr. played 20 years in the Majors… I’d say Topps was 50% right about him being a “Future Star.”
He did hit a massive home run off of Mariano Rivera in the 1997 ALDS. Oh, the days of the five-game ALDS!
Recently, the Friars donned these classic uniforms in a game against the Mets. What a great look.
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?
Frank Costanza: What the hell did you trade Jay Buhner for?! He had 30 home runs and over 100 RBIs last year. He’s got a rocket for an arm. You don’t know what the hell you’re doin’!
Steinbrenner: Well, Buhner was a good prospect, no question about it. But my baseball people loved Ken Phelps’ bat. They kept saying “Ken Phelps, Ken Phelps.”
Happy Non-Waiver Trade Deadline Day!
Tommy John is sort of a folk hero around southern Connecticut for his managerial reign over the Bridgeport Bluefish.
Never mind the fact he was a four-time All-Star, won 288 games during a two-and-a-half decade career and also has an infamous surgery named after him.
This man brought the Bluefish to an Atlantic League championship (Ed. note… They were swept by the Lancaster Barnstormers).
That counts for something in the Park City, which has a surprisingly rich old-timey baseball tradition.
“Major League” has been in heavy rotation on HBO recently.
In honor of this joyous occasion, here’s Pete Vuckovich — who portrayed douchey New York Yankee slugger Clu Haywood.
He was last seen being unable to throw out Willie Mays Hayes at the plate on Jake Taylor’s notorious bunt single.
Steve “Bye Bye” Balboni closely resembles a mustachioed George Costanza (http://bit.ly/MvDERX).
I’m sure “The Lord of the Idiots” could relate to a slugger who struck out 856 times in 3,120 career at-bats.
Italian-American Week rolls on, with Rick Cerone, founding father of the Newark Bears.
And also this… http://bit.ly/KE5WEz