Tuesday, August 25, 2009


My near-classmate Sparrow recently wrote of her having been witness to a few Historic Baseball Moments.

When the infamous ground ball trickled between Bill Buckner’s legs in Game Six of the 1986 World Series, she was there. The Mets had been a single out away from losing the Series to the Bosox; Buckner’s error allowed them to come back, win that game, and eventually win the Series.

She saw Gary Sheffield hit his 500th career home run. Not a common event, to be sure.

She was at the Mets-Phillies game this past Sunday and not only witnessed an inside-the-park homer, but second baseman Eric Bruntlett’s amazing game-ending unassisted triple play.

There have been only fifteen unassisted triple plays in baseball history, and it’s been over seventy years since one ended a ball game. You typically need runners on first and second, and you need a cooperative batter to hit a hard line drive to the shortstop or second baseman, who (1) catches the line drive, (2) steps on second base, and (3) tags the runner coming from first base. Yowza.

Speaking of baseball, the real reason I wrote this post is because I wanted to share a pants-pissingly funny link. Ed, of ginandtacos.com, has assembled a portfolio of some of the ugliest baseball players to ever grace a diamond. Here’s how he describes it:
“...I decided to put together a list of the ugliest sons of bitches ever to play the game of baseball at the Major League level. Why? Because I like making fun of things. You should understand this by now.

“In the process of assembling this Dream Team I learned a very important lesson: there have been a lot, and I mean a lot, of ugly baseball players over the years. I don’t mean ugly like some guy you know who can never find a date. We’re talking scare-the-children ugly. Monstrously ugly. Possibly deformed ugly. And the hardest part of this exercise was narrowing down the list to a manageable number.”
Go and read. And then smack yourself in the head a few times. Didn’t your mama teach you not to make fun of other people’s physical appearance... no matter how fucking ugly they were?

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