New York's dynamic duo (cont.)
Posted: Thursday May 24, 2007 8:16AM; Updated: Thursday May 24, 2007 9:13AM
I would add Walt Jocketty and Tony La Russa to your list of great general manager/field manager tandems. Even if this season has been rather poor, you can't ignore the success of the Cardinals since La Russa and Jocketty took over the team.
Good point. St. Louis has been so bad this year that the two of them fell off my radar. But their track record before this season deserves credit.
At least you didn't end up on the IR with our Blue Jays uniform on! Can you pitch seven innings or close out the ninth for us, too?
Mark it down: The Blue Jays are ready to roll now. The turning point to their season will be the levity and diversion I provided them in Cooperstown. After my act, they left thinking, "Hey, at least we're not going that bad." I expect a full playoff share.
We were sitting in the right-field stands and thought you played just fine. It's not easy out there.
That's what is so great about major league players: They're so good that they make it look easy to those of us on the other side of the white lines. And one of my loose definitions of greatness is making the difficult look easy.
I am envious. As a fan of the game and true dreamer I still play softball at the age of 42. Each time I'm on the field I think of it as my Major League moment. Did the team or stadium staff offer you anything to commemorate your day? Something to say that for one day you knew what all us "kids" dream of?
Toronto manager John Gibbons did tell me after the game to keep the uniform, which was a very classy thing to do from a very classy guy. He's one of the few managers I've ever been around who really gets it, a John Wayne kind of competitor (ask Ted Lilly and Shea Hillenbrand) who still understands that this is a game and a public trust and doesn't take himself too seriously. And you can be assured that I know I'm sort of your proxy out there. I believe that's true even when I am interviewing and writing about baseball people, not just playing right field. I do this because, first of all, I love it, but I also do it because I know there are lots of people just like yourself who may not have the access that I do but still want to know and experience the game from the inside out.
I was there at Doubleday Field on Monday, and I must say, you were robbed. You had that ball clearly, and it would have been perfect redemption for that misplay before. I thought it was more of a summersault than anything. By the way, if you were in the Home Run Derby, how many would have you hit out?
Thanks for the support. I think the contusions on my ego may be beginning to heal. If you were there you know the wind was blowing out and the park is pretty small. Normally I would guarantee you zero home runs. But given those conditions, and if I actually had taken some batting practice leading up to the day, I think I might get one out.
Who cares? Unless you raise Hunter S. Thompson from the dead we really don't want to read lame participation journalism from your writers even if it proves Verducci is capable of reporting on something other than Red Sox or Yankees.
Was this somehow a mandatory reading assignment for your GED? Otherwise, reading is a choice. But thanks for not caring so much as to read it and take time to compose a literate response. Years ago I wrote a piece for the magazine about Sandy Koufax. I was surprised that the piece, which really was an homage to the man's convictions and sense of self and was generally very well received, generated some nasty letters. People knocked me for writing about a guy who they charged wasn't all that good, or was selfish, or, by evidence of some pointed comments, was Jewish. That's when I knew no matter what you do or write, some people are going to be unhappy, many of whom are so chronically. So your response is perfectly understandable and something that comes with this job. Hopefully I've written something over the past 26 years that did not involve the Yankees or Red Sox that you did like.