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Random "Thoughts" for the Dead of Winter

December 28, 2006

Notice the quotes marks around the word “thoughts,” did you?

Well, making no apologies for anything, and wasting no time either, here’s something pretty damn random. Feast your eyes on “A Franklin Stubbs Christmas.” Or, if you prefer, “A Jason Repko Christmas.”

As if that’s not enough of a treat for you, how about this You Tube video of Steve Hamilton and the ephus pitch, or as Phil Rizzuto called it,
”the Folly Floater.” Also starring Thurman Munson.

It’s not that I have no life; it’s that I have no life during the offseason. Hence, baseball tripe into the wee hours. Oooh, how bout this old thing, with Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine in all their glory. Chicks Dig the Long Ball.

Or, this really old thing, with Pee Wee Reese, Roy Campanella and Don Zimmer hawking the Gillette Razor.

Last but not least, this one is for my brother. Tom and Nancy Seaver, for Phillips 66.

I’m still searching for the Vitalis spot, with Don Drysdale and Herman Franks. When I find it, you’ll be the first to know…

Talkback: Your comments are always encouraged…  

Trivia: What ball player is famous especially for being described by this one line: “If he could get to it, he could drop it.”

Random Quotes from and about Don Drysdale:

From Big D: "If they knocked two of your guys down, I'd get four. You have to protect your hitters."

"In Brooklyn, it was as though you were in your own little bubble. You were all part of one big, but very close family, and the Dodgers were the main topic of everybody's conversations and you could sense the affection people had for you. I don't know that such a thing exists anymore."

"I hate all hitters. I start a game mad and I stay that way until it's over."

"When we played, World Series checks meant something. Now all they do is screw your taxes."

About Big D: “Batting against Don Drysdale is the same as making a date with a dentist.” – Dick Groat.

“Don Drysdale would consider an intentional walk a waste of three pitches. If he wants to put you on base, he can hit you with one pitch." – Mike Shannon.

"I hated to bat against Drysdale. After he hit you he'd come around, look at the bruise on your arm and say, 'Do you want me to sign it?'" – Mickey Mantle.

Dodgers, Giants; in That Order: Buzzie Bavasi is kind enough to relay a memory every now and then. Here’s one we received recently: “The story about the Giants stealing the signs in 1951 is hogwash. I sat with Horace Stoneham in his center field office. It was located just above the area where the telescope was supposed to have been located. It had to be one unbelievable telescope; one that could see around corners. Did the Giants lose the telescope during the 1952 and 1953 seasons?”

Media Savvy: Except for the tired (i.e., wrong) argument about Pete Rose belonging in the Hall of Fame, props to Doug Krikorian, for his beautiful Christmas piece in the Long Beach Press Telegram.

Trivia Answer: “Marvelous” Marv Throneberry, first baseman, outfielder, basher, for the 1962 New York Mets.

Statue for Sandy: The Koufax in bronze campaign continues. Please Vote “Yes on 32.” And tell a friend…

Remember, glove conquers all….

 

 

 

 

 

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