Friday, December 19, 2014

#105 Javier Lopez

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

15-year career (did not realize that) with the Braves, Orioles, Red Sox.

 Named Ponce, Puerto Rico's Athlete of the Year from 1984 to 1987.

Broke Todd Hundley's record for most home runs hit in a season by a catcher (41) in 2003.

Read about him: Javy Lopez and Gary Caruso: Behind the Plate: A Catcher's View of the Braves Dynasty, Independent Publishers Group, Chicago, IL, 2012.

3× All-Star (1997, 1998, 2003)
World Series champion (1995)
NLCS MVP (1996)
Silver Slugger Award (2003)
NL Comeback Player of the Year (2003)

Saturday, December 6, 2014

#104 Ryan Klesko

BUSTIN' : exhaust, wear out —used in phrases like bust one's butt to describe making a strenuous effort

Went to Westminster High School, a division rival to my high school Fountain Valley.

Became the first player to hit a home run in three consecutive World Series road games when he did so against the Cleveland Indians in Games 3, 4, and 5 of the 1995 World Series.

Played in 3 World Series winning it in 1995.

Klesko and teammate Barry Bonds were hunting together in Colorado at the time Bonds was notified he was indicted by a federal grand jury in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.

1992-2007 Braves, Padres, Giants.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

#103 David Justice

DETERMINED : having a strong feeling that you are going to do something and that you will not allow anyone or anything to stop you

Like hooking up with Halle Berry and keeping her forever.

Oh, wait....

But his on the field determination had some positive results:
3× All-Star (1993, 1994, 1997)
2× World Series champion (1995, 2000)
NL Rookie of the Year (1990)
ALCS MVP (2000)
2× Silver Slugger Award (1993, 1997)
AL Comeback Player of the Year (1997)

Friday, November 21, 2014

#102 Chipper Jones

POISED : adjective
 marked by easy composure of manner or bearing

I traded my 1992 Stadium Club Draft Picks Chipper Jones rookie card for a Phil Nevin Draft Picks rookie card back in 1992 just after my brother-in-law and I had just pulled them from a few packs we each opened.
Smart move huh?

Sunday, November 16, 2014

#101 Marquis Grissom

EXCITING : adjective \ik-ˈsī-tiŋ\
: causing feelings of interest and enthusiasm : causing excitement

On July 28, 1991, caught Chris Gwynn's fly ball for the final out of Dennis Martínez' perfect game

Won the 2003 Willie Mac Award for his spirit and leadership.

Led the National League in stolen bases (1991, 1992)
2× All-Star (1993, 1994)
World Series champion (1995)
ALCS MVP (1997)
4× Gold Glove Award (1993–1996)

Sunday, November 2, 2014

#100 Tom Glavine

SKILL : noun
: the ability to do something that comes from training, experience, or practice

 Four-year member of the honor roll and the National Honor Society at Billerica Memorial High School, Massachusetts.

Drafted by both the Los Angeles Kings in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft (in the 4th round, 69th overall—two rounds ahead of future National Hockey League star Brett Hull and five rounds ahead of Luc Robitaille, both 2009 Hockey Hall of Fame inductees), and the Atlanta Braves Major League Baseball organization in the 2nd round of the 1984 amateur baseball draft.

That's impressive.

10× All-Star (1991–1993, 1996–1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006)
World Series champion (1995)
2× NL Cy Young Award (1991, 1998)
World Series MVP (1995)
4× Silver Slugger Award (1991, 1995, 1996, 1998)
Atlanta Braves #47 retired
National Baseball Hall Of Fame (2014)

Even more impressive.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Emotion Recap - Page 11

#91 Joe Carter - CLUTCH
#93 Alex Gonzalez - QUICK
#94 Shawn Green - BREAKTHROUGH
#95 Pat Hentgen - FIRING
#96 Paul Molitor - CONSISTENT
#97 John Olerud - WORKING
#98 Devon White - RELAXED
#99 Steve Avery - ATTACKING