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Writing about heroes

There will be a few changes to the ol’ blog over the next few weeks … administrative stuff. I’ve got about 10 players on the Top 100 just about lined up and will try to trot those out over the next week or two. In the meantime, some of the other blog stuff will appear in various other places at NBC.

Here, for instance, is my joyous experience on Duane Kuiper Bobblehead Day in San Francisco. Goes without saying that it meant the world to me.

12 Responses to Writing about heroes

  1. Sadge says:

    Thanks, Joe. We’re lucky to have him as a part of the Giants. My love of baseball and of the Giants is due in part to him as well as the other amazing announcers we’ve had in SF over the years.

  2. Cuban X Senators says:

    You did luck out, Joe.
    Glad he didn’t give you the Lendl.
    & That rainbow was spectacular.

  3. JT says:

    Well done. The Dodgers did have a Rick Monday bobblehead of him in a Cub uniform with the U.S. flag, but I can’t think of another case of the honoree being in the visitors’ (old) uniform.

  4. DT says:

    Mr.Posnanski, you wrote about Nack and Smith; you’re right there. That Kuiper article is outstanding and moving and funny. Thanks for being my favorite writer.

  5. Conrad says:

    Easily top ten of anything you’ve ever written. And the documentary was hilarious. Thanks!

  6. LuisLozada says:

    I guess that based on the article it should have been Pasta Diving Kuiper, maybe there were not enough Italians in Cleveland back then.

  7. MCD says:

    I am sure Joe will find this blasphemous, but as a kid, I used to get Duane Kuiper and Ed Kurpeil confused. Kurpeil (1971 draft – 8th overall pick ) was a slugging 1B/OF who never made it to the bigs. We all are well aware of Kuiper’s (1972 draft – 21st over-all pick) “slugging abilities”.

    Their only similarities that they were high draft picks (one year apart) with unusual last names that were vaguely similar. Once Kuiper stuck in the majors a few years, it was easy for me to keep them straight, but for a while, those wires crossed in my brain for some reason.

  8. Dale says:

    Joe, I was born in ’64 in Cleveland, and Kuiper was one of my favorite players, too. Thanks for the great article!

  9. Tim says:

    Maybe there’s some kid out there for whom Ben Revere is his favorite player, and who might someday get to feel that same joy. He’s only 32 PAs away from where Kuiper was when he hit his first home run, and has yet to go yard.

  10. Dave E. says:

    DT said (wrote?) it best. Just terrific.

    And, I hope you realize this, but you are undoubtedly someone’s Nack or Smith, Kuiper or Springsteen. Thank you.

  11. The closest I can go is Jim Fregosi. Growing up an Angels fan, he was my favorite. Well, at least he was a good player and an all-star at the time. Ironic that he was traded for Nolan Ryan, who is probably the best player the Angels have ever had. But I always kept an eye on Fregosi, even through his failed managerial attempts.

  12. Hello,
    I have a series of baseball columns/articles that I read before the start of every season. John Updike’s “Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu” is one of them, and Joe’s column on Kuip’s bobblehead day is another; unfortunately I can’t find it anymore and I’d wondering if any of you saved it or would know where to find it. Thanks-

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