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.
Happy anniversary to Disco Demolition Night. July 12, 1979. Detroit beats the White Sox, 4-1, in the first game of a scheduled doubleheader. Then the fans beat the crap out of their disco records.
Claudell Washington strikes out as a pinch hitter in game one. Game two is abandoned due to the havoc on the field and in the stands.
Last night, the Diamondbacks and the Dodgers engaged in an amazing basebrawl that produced copious amounts of potential memery.
Matt Williams going toe-to-toe with Mark McGwire in a Mitchell Report melee? Check.
Turner Ward nearly thrown over dugout railing by J.P. Howell. Check.
Donny Baseball and Gibby squaring off… in Dodger Stadium no less. Check.
Fun fact, one of Brian Sabean’s first moves as GM of the Giants was to trade Matt Williams to the Tribe for Jeff Kent.
May 22, 1998, was a big day in New York Met history.
The Mets traded a bunch of minor leaguers to the Florida Marlins for Mike Piazza — who would lead them to the Subway Series in 2000.
One week prior to that, the Marlins acquired Piazza and Todd Zeile from the L.A. Dodgers for a package that included Gary Sheffield and Bobby Bonilla.
The Marlin Firesale, much a like The Masters, a tradition like no other.
Zack Greinke broke his collarbone last night in an insane brawl that was perpetrated by Carlos Quentin.
If legendary brawler Ray Knight played for the Dodgers, things might have shook out differently.
Although kudos to Matt Kemp for attempting a postgame fight with Quentin in the bowels of Dodger Stadium. Bonus points for insulting Stanford, Quentin’s alma mater.
“I think Carlos Quentin went to Stanford, something like that?” Kemp said after the game. “I heard there’s smart people at Stanford. That wasn’t too smart. Greinke didn’t do anything wrong. That stuff happens in the minor leagues. It doesn’t happen in the big leagues.”
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?