Daily Archives: May 15, 2009

Happpy Anniversary Nolan Ryan!!!

On this day in 1973, Nolan Ryan threw his 1st of 7 ‘No-Hitters’!!!  Who knew what was to come…  none of us did, but I am sure glad that it did!!!

I cannot think of another pitcher that is as synonymous with 1 baseball related achievement the way that Nolan Ryan is tied to the phrase ‘No-Hitter’.  Like Peanut Butter and Jelly, and Macaroni and Cheese, Nolan Ryan and ‘No-Hitter’ are linked forever. 

The stat line from the game is an impressive one:  9 innings pitched, 12 strikeouts, 3 walks, and of course 0 hits!!

Congratulations Mr. Ryan!!! 

Happy Birthday Josh Beckett!!

Josh Beckett turns 29 years old today!!!

I cannot believe that Josh Beckett is turning 29.  It seems like just a few days ago I was watching this baby-faced fire-baller suit up for my Marlins team.  Man those were the good old days, huh??

Today Beckett is one of the game’s best pitchers.  He has dedicated himself to the art of pitching and the hard work he has put in has paid off immensely.  A 2-time World Series Champion by the age of 27, Beckett still has several quality years ahead of him.  And that should include many more opportunities to hoist more World Series Trophies as well!!

 Happy Birthday Josh!!!  A baseball superstar today, and always a Florida Marlin in my mind!!!

Happy Birthday John Smoltz!!!

John Smoltz turns 42 years old today!!!

One of the most versatile and team-oriented players to play the game in the last 20 years, John Smoltz is a rare breed.  A player that is willing to accept any role that the team wants him to perform in, Smoltz personified what the ‘Team-First’ mentality is all about.

Smoltz has 210 career wins alongside 154 saves.  Had he not spent 4 seasons in the bullpen during his days with the Atlanta Braves, Smoltz could have been in line to win 300 career games.  Instead, he did what was asked of him and saved an incredible 154 games in 4 years for the ‘Bravos’.

Today, Smoltz is rehabbing after coming off of surgery on his pitching arm.  He’s playing for the Boston Red Sox now and has a great opportunity to return to post-season play.  For his birthday I want him to have 1 more shot – 1 more shot at a World Series title.  And if my wish is granted, he will be on the pitching mound when the deciding out is made as he ends his career on top – which is where he has ranked for the last 20 seasons.

Happy Birthday Smoltzy!!! 

Happy Birthday George Brett!!!

George Brett turns 56 years old today!!!

One of the greatest baseball players during the mid-1970’s through the 1980’s and a first-ballot entrant in the Baseball Hall of Fame, George Brett is a baseball superstar.  With a career resume that can be envied by all of his peers, Brett offered a complete offensive package for the Kansas City Royals. 

Boasting 3,154 hits, 317 home runs, 1,595 RBI, 1,583 runs scored, and a batting average of .305, Brett dazzled baseball fans for 21 years.  Amazingly, he also has 205 career stolen bases, and for a third baseman playing in the 70’s and 80’s, that is a rare feat.  In his 21 seasons, Brett was a 13-time All-Star, a league MVP, a Gold Glove winner, and a 3-time Silver Slugger winner.

For George’s birthday I want to get him a really nice pair of pants.  Something dressy, but not formal.  And they cannot cost too much money either.  Why do they need to be cheap??  Watch this…

http://www.sportsjungle.com/view.php?i=742 

Happy Birthday Mr. Brett!!!