16 February 2011


This is my guy, my all-time childhood Idol, Sandy Koufax. This guy was the true meaning of Smoke! I loved Willy May's comment about Sandy's Curve ball. "It was the only curve I could here coming at me. I knew it was a curve ball right from the start but I still couldn't hit." Sandy was unique he had only two pitches, a fast ball and curve ball. His hands were so big that when he threw the curve the laces on the ball made a mad whining sound coming at you. I think it was Willy McCovey that said "He’s the only pitcher that scared the hell out me and he only had two pitches. “He was the best I have ever been up against.". Sandy was also a Gentleman something you rarely see in today’s game. A true Pioneer, when Jackie Robinson needed someone there were two guys there to back him up, Peewee Reece and Sandy Koufax.

Koufax wasn't even his real name; he was born with the last name Braun. But no matter the name he is still the best ball player I have ever seen.

If you want a great read get Jane Leavy’s “Sandy Koufax, A Lefty's Legacy".

The reason for todays post is because pitchers and catchers report this weekend for spring training! Hamachi get ready cause’ we’re comin after the dreaded hated ones. Next year is hear!

02 February 2011


Well sometimes you get lucky.  Awhile back the fam. visited the old country.  We did Demark, Ireland, and London.  Our visit to Ireland was not planned.  So when asked in mid stream, when we were over the great pond we decided to visit.  Our Neighbors is of very big Irish descent.  From Waterford.  It just so happens that their next door neighbor is SEAN KELLY!  yes of Paris Roubaix fame.  Well being a not so shy AMERCAIN I asked if I got one his jerseys would he sign it.  JACK POT.  It was funny everybody else was asking why anybody would want little Sean's autograph.  It is hanging in my little own shrine. 

After that the neighbor's whole Irish family decended on our house a year later.  A family of 14 Bros/Sisters.  All beer drinkers and singers.  Gunnar you should have been there.  Brian sang the Edmond Fitzgerald in perfect Irish Tenor.  It was a thing of beauty.