Vin Scully. Ty Cobb. Jim Thome. Luke Easter. Prince Fielder.
Vin Scully is returning for his 63rd season as announcer for the Dodgers. So awesome. I must admit when I was younger I disliked Scully’s voice and his solo announcing style but over time I realized the error of my ways and learned to appreciate the legend.
Thanks to one of my favorite current Baseball Tumblr blogs, “Pitchrs & Poets” for sharing this video.
Ty Cobb as a 18 year old member of the Detroit Tigers in 1905. A very cool photo if you ask me. Is it me or did Baseball players from the late 18th/early 19th century always look 10 to 20 years older than they actually were?
Jim Thome is back in Cleveland where he belongs. With that said I find it funny how he was embraced last week at Jacobs Field after how he was treated when he returned back to Cleveland as a member of the ChiSox in 2006. In retrospect it makes many Indians fans look bad, but we know Thome is bigger than all that drama and that’s why we all love him.
By the way, I refuse to acknowledge the name Progressive Field.
1949. One of my favorite players from yesteryear, Luke Easter takes a swing as a member of the San Diego Padres against the Los Angeles Angels. I absolutely love this photo.
Just a side note: This photo was taken at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles, which is where the vintage “Home Run Derby” television show was filmed. This was due to it’s symmetrical dimensions as they did not favor either right or left handed batters.
May 4th, 2006. This collision crossed my mind today and I decided to find photos of it. I was caught off guard when I realized it’s been over 5 years since this happened which is crazy. I guess time does fly. Anyways, this was one of the more gnarlier collisions in the last decade. I remember Greene was never the same after this as he retired the following Spring while trying to make the Padres club. To see video of this, click HERE.
While this was terrible for Greene, I still feel it was clean Baseball as far as I am concerned. This is applicable to Buster Posey’s injury too. If you’re blocking home plate or you’re physically in the base path on any level you got to be prepared to feel the repercussions of a potential collision.