Amazingly, Eric Davis turns 47 years old today!!!
Wow, I remember the hype around Eric Davis as he began his career with the Cincinnati Reds. He was a ‘5-Tool player’ that could do it all and he was going to rescue the Reds franchise and deliver them back to baseball glory. Davis had the speed, power, charisma, and personality to carry the franchise to the promised land!!!
After 7 remarkable seasons with the Reds that were littered with All-star appearances, Gold Glove trophies, Silver Slugger awards, and even a World Series championship, Davis was on his way to becoming one of the games biggest stars. Talk about becoming baseball’s second ’40/40 Man’ was a daily occurrence in baseball circles. As one of the game’s premier players, ‘Eric The Red’ was riding high.
Unfortunately, a terrible string of injuries and then an unfortunate battle with cancer stalled Davis’ ability to dominate the game. This 1-time hero became just a regular role player. On occasion, Davis gave us more memorable moments to add to his impressive highlight reel, but he was never able to recapture and string together seasons of success like he had in the late 1980’s when he was on top of the baseball world.
For his birthday, I would like to give Eric back the 1987 season. I believe that this was his best all-around effort, and he only played in 129 of the team’s 162 games. In those 129 contests, Davis hit .293 while collecting 37 homers and 50 steals. Something tells me that if he had been healthy for the entire year we could be referring to him as the original ’40/40 man’ and quite possibly the lone ’50/50 Guy’ too.
Happy Birthday to ‘Eric The Red’!!!!