Daily Archives: October 20, 2009

Ryan Howard – I’m Becoming A Fan!!

As a Marlins fan, it pains me to watch the baseball playoffs and not see my beloved guys in Teal & Black not playing.  The realist in me knows that the Marlins don’t have the weapons to compete with the Dodgers or the Phillies though…

So as I sit here and watch playoff baseball(I’ve been watching a ton of it), I try to see the differences between the team I cheer for and the teams that are playing now.  And even though they play in the same division, I will admit that I am envious of the Phillies.  This team is for real, and appears to have no weaknesses.

And of all of their stars, none has shined brighter in the 2009 playoffs like Ryan Howard!!  This guy has been the absolute picture of consistency and his ability to drive in runs has been unmatched.  Going into tonight’s Game 5, Howard has knocked in at least one or more runs in 8 straight playoff games.  This feat ties an MLB record and if Howard has his way, he will soon be the lone record holder.  While not playing selfishly, he and his Phillies teammates look to win the series tonight and if Howard continues with his hot streak, it’s a very strong possibility that after tonight he owns the record for consecutive games in the playoffs with an RBI.  And he and his teammates will also be celebrating their second year in a row playing in the World Series!!!

Do I dare say ‘Go Phils’???

Howard

Did You Know…

On August 6, 1930, Gene Rye of Waco in the Texas League launched three home runs in one inning.

Rye

**factoid courtesy of ‘Armchair Reader – Grand Slam Baseball’

My take – No matter the era, this is an amazing feat!!  I cannot recall the last time a modern-day player even made 3 plate appearances in one inning during the same game.  All stars were aligned for Mr. Rye on that day!!!

Happy Birthday Mickey Mantle!!

Today is Mickey Mantle’s birthday.

And while I am way to young to opass around first-hand stories about watching ‘The Mick’  roam around center field for the New York Yankees, I do have the next best thing.  You see, my dad is from the Bronx and spent much of his youth with his older brother in and around Yankee Stadium.  Back when baseball was the sport of choice for America’s youth, my dad and uncle and thousands of other kids around the New York area worshiped Mickey Mantle.

The stories that have been shared with me are priceless.  Sneaking into the stadium or ditching classes early to catch playoff games on the radio.  And the players that they got to see and follow are as historic as they get, with Mickey Mantle leading the way!!!

So on this day, the entire ’30-YOC’ family wishes Mr. Mickey Mantle a Happy Birthday!!!

Mantle

Happy Birthday Keith Hernandez!!!

Keith Hernandez turns 56 years old today.

Never quite getting the credit he deserves, Keith Hernandez was a stellar player for 17 major league seasons.

Probably most well known for his amazing defense at first base, Hernandez made playing the position cool long before Don Mattingly did so.  Hernandez won 11 Gold Glove awards for being the best defensive first baseman in the National League.  11 trophies during 17 seasons is extremely impressive as it shows just how consistent ‘Mex’ was at the hot corner.

Hernandez was also a league Most Valuable Player in 1979 when he played for the Cardinals.  Along with a Gold Glove award and his first of five All-star selections, Hernandez was also extraordinary on offense that year.  He batted .344 while collecting 210 hits, ripping 48 doubles, driving in 105 runs and scoring 111 runs as well.  A perfectly well-rounded season and one certainly worthy of being tagged as the MVP!!!

Happy Birthday Mr. Hernandez!!!

Hernandez