Sunday, March 1, 2015

#115 Bret Boone



PURSUIT : noun pur·suit \pər-ˈsüt, -ˈsyüt\
:  an activity that one engages in as a vocation, profession, or avocation :  occupation

"I'm not like Ichiro.  I don't polish my glove every day."

Grandson of former major leaguer Ray Boone
Son of former major leaguer Bob Boone
Brother of former major leaguer Aaron Boone
And get this:
Descendant of pioneer Daniel Boone

3× All-Star (1998, 2001, 2003)
4× Gold Glove Award (1998, 2002–2004)
2× Silver Slugger Award (2001, 2003)

Friday, February 20, 2015

#114 Steve Trachsel



PRIMED :  transitive verb \ˈprīm\
to prepare for firing by supplying with priming


Locked, loaded, and ready to fire....in a little while.

"The Human Rain Delay"

Never officially retired but hasn't played since 2008.

Allowed Mark McGwire's record breaking 62nd home run.

Only pitcher in Mets history to allow four home runs in one inning.



Saturday, February 14, 2015

#113 Sammy Sosa



STYLE : transitive verb \ˈstī(-ə)l\
to give (yourself) a name or title even if you do not really deserve it


Yeah, doesn't really deserve it.



Saturday, February 7, 2015

#112 Randy Myers



LETHAL : adjective le·thal \ˈlē-thəl\
: causing or able to cause death


As far as I can tell, Randy Myers never killed anyone.
But has he tried.....



Tuesday, January 27, 2015

#111 Brian McRae



SATISFIED : verb \ˈsa-təs-ˌfīd\
: to cause (someone) to be happy or pleased


Son of former major league All-Star, Hal McRae.

First father-son combination to appear in a major league game when they were in the same lineup in a 1987 spring training game.

Was also managed by his dad for four seasons with Kansas City.

Led all NL OFs in putouts (345) in 1995.

10-year career Royals/Cubs/Mets/Rockies/BlueJays.



Thursday, January 22, 2015

#110 Mark Grace



WORKING : adjective \ˈwər-kiŋ\
: having a job


Walk-up music was usually "Taking Care of Business" which Grace explained was due to his bit part in a Jim Belushi film of the same name.

Hit for the cycle on May 9, 1993.

Hit the most doubles in the 1990s with 364 and the most sacrifice flies with 73.

Retired with a .303 batting average and a .383 career on-base percentage, the 148th best in major league history.

3× All-Star (1993, 1995, 1997)
World Series champion (2001)
4× Gold Glove Award (1992, 1993, 1995, 1996)

On a personal note, I have a daughter named Grace (not named after Mark Grace), but I pulled most all the Mark Grace cards I had and put them in a tin for her to look at and play with when she was a child. She's older now but we still take the tin out from time to time and look at the Mark Grace cards.

Friday, January 16, 2015

#109 Shawon Dunston



INTENT : adjective \in-ˈtent\
: showing concentration or great attention


 First overall pick in the 1982 amateur draft.

Routinely recognized as having the strongest infield arm in the league.

Walked only 8 times, tying Doug Flynn for the fewest walks in a full season, post-WWII (450 or more at-bats).

Made it to the World Series with the Giants in 2002 hitting a home run off Kevin Appier of the Anaheim Angels in game six.  The Angels won the series. 

11 years with the Cubs, then a year with the Giants, then back to the Cubs and the Pirates, then to the Indians and back to the Giants, to the Cardinals and the Mets and back to the Cardinals, and finally 2 more seasons with the Giants.