In 1997, for reasons that nobody could quite fathom at the time, Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Andre Rison began calling himself “Spider-Man.” The whole thing was kind of weird. You don’t often see people give themselves a nickname and just expect everyone else to use it. But Rison was his own man. Andre Rison…
Will have a lot more to say about this later, but for now, here’s who is on the 2019 Today’s Era Hall of Fame Ballot:
I’m conducting a survey as part of the Baseball Exploration Project. It will probably take 10 to 15 minutes to fill it out. I have had people say that it’s fun. I think it’s fun. But no promises. I’d appreciate you taking it, though. I have to tell you that I’m really excited about where…
Willie McCovey defied words, which was why his death on Wednesday left so many struggling to explain him. McCovey was a quiet man, humble, an exemplar of the gentle giant. But as a hitter? As a force of nature? “You had to be there,” Ray Ratto finally concluded. “Just trust me on that.”
Well, I promised that I would always try to find new ways to thank you for your support and friendship here at JoeBlogs — thank you again, by the way — so today, I’m announcing another new series. I think you’ll like it a lot, but I will admit, it is little bit hard to explain — I’ve already had a hard time getting people to really understand what this will be. So, bear with me.
Sometimes, I think about the hours I’ve spent doing things. For instance, I recently got a notice that I have spent more than 2,000 nights in a certain hotel chain, which sounds insane right from the start. When you realize that it means I’ve basically spent five and a half YEARS of my life in that hotel it … well, excuse me while I go find my kids to hug them.
On an early June day in 1967, Bob Uecker had one of his greatest days as a ballplayer. It was a doubleheader, Phillies vs. Cubs. Ueck started the first game and lashed a three-run double in bottom of the first inning off the great Curt Simmons. The Phillies won the game. Then in the second game, Ueck pinch-hit in the seventh with the Phillies down by four and cracked another double, this one starting a rally as the Phillies came back to win and sweep the day.