Daily Archives: August 22, 2009

Explain This – ‘Stupid Bat Tricks’

I don’t even know what to say.  I have watched this at least 20 times over the last 2-3 days and I am still in a ‘blurry’ state of mind because of it….

Either the editor of this video clip is really talented or David Copperfield is hiding behind the dugout…

Happy Anniversary Nolan Ryan!!!

On this day in 1989 Nolan Ryan recorded the 5,000th strikeout of his professional baseball career.

During a game in Arlington Stadium in front of 42,000+ fans, Nolan Ryan became the first player to ever eclipse the 5,000 strikeout mark.  And to do this in front of his home fans in the state he grew up in was especially monumental!!

In the top of the 5th inning with his team trailing 1-0, Ryan struck out All-star Rickey Henderson to capture #5,000!

Amazingly Ryan struck out 13 batters in this game.  And although his team lost 2-0, this was Ryan’s night.  Oh, and he was 42 years old at the time and still dominant as ever!!

Happy Anniversary Nolan Ryan!!!

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Happy Birthday Paul Molitor!!!

Paul Molitor turns 53 years old today.

Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2004, Paul Molitor had a brilliant 21-year career.  Never getting the opportunity to showcase his talents in front of a consistently large crowd, Molitor spent most of his career as an unheralded superstar.

With 3,316 career hits and a lifetime batting average of .306 Paul Molitor is one of the greatest hitters of the last 40 years.  For a player that was not classified as a ‘power hitter’ Molitor quietly bashed 234 home runs.  And while also never being classified as a ‘speedster’, Paul also accumulated 504 stolen bases.  This multi-dimensional player was a 7-time All-star, and he won 4 Silver Slugger awards as well.  Molitor finished in the Top 20 for the MVP award 9 times over the course of his career where his highest finish was coming in at 2nd place in 1993.

For his birthday, I would like to give Molitor one season in front of sold out crowds.  One season with some national attention paid to him.  It doesn’t matter if it’s New York or Los Angeles or Chicago or St. Louis, but Paul Molitor and the incredible career he had deserves quite a bit more attention than he got while playing for Milwaukee, Toronto, and Minnesota.

Happy Birthday Mr. Molitor!!

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Happy Birthday Carl Yastzemski!!

‘Yaz’ turns 70 years old today!!

Best known as ‘Yaz’, Carl Yastrzemski personified what being a consistent leader was all about.  ‘Yaz’ spent every minute of his 23-season long career in a Boston Red Sox jersey.

Along with the droves of fans he established during his career, ‘Yaz’ put up some amazing numbers too.

The stats : 3,419 hits, 452 home runs, 1,844 RBI, 1,816 runs scored, 168 stolen bases, and a career batting average of .285.  In Yaz’s 23-year career, he finished in the Top 20 for the MVP award 12 times, while earning the award in 1967 with his .326/44/121 performance.

For his birthday, I would like to give ‘Yaz’ a Game 7.  Anyone that devotes 23 years of their life to one franchise and city deserves to feel the glory of bringing home a championship.  ‘Yaz’ played in 2 World Series contests, both of which ended up in losses in Game 7.  I would like to see him get one more shot to help Boston capture a title.  Would if be in 1967 versus the St. Louis Cardinals or in 1975 versus the Cincinnati Reds?  Hmmm…  tough decision there!!

Happy Birthday ‘Yaz’

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