Tuesday, October 30, 2012

#26 Ray Durham

SENSATION : a mental process (as seeing, hearing, or smelling) resulting from the immediate external stimulation of a sense organ often as distinguished from a conscious awareness of the sensory process — compare perception.


AKA The Sugarman.

He was a premier leadoff hitter.

His first Major League hit was in his first Major League at bat. It was a bunt on Opening Day.

Played for 3 Division winners: 2000 White Sox, 2002 A's and 2003 Giants.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

#25 Jason Bere

SCORCHER : one that scorches; especially: a very hot day 

especially: in those black uniforms, in August.

All over the place in his 11 year career:
Double-digits wins in 1993 and 1994.
Made it to the 1993 ALCS,
but got shelled taking the loss in extra innings.
Selected to the 1994 All-Star Game,
 but failed to retire a batter. 
Led the AL in losses with 15 in 1995.
Struck out 13 Philadelphia Phillies in a game.
Posted double figures in wins in 2000 and 2001. 

Saturday, October 20, 2012

#24 Jim Abbott

FIERCE : furiously active or determined <make a fierce effort>

Yeh, like furiously determined to be the starting quarterback on your highschool football team; to be the top amateur athlete in the nation; to win a gold medal in the Olympics; to go straight from college to the Majors; TO THROW A NO-HITTER with one hand!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

#23 J.T. Snow

STROKING : ummmm...

Acquired from the Yankees for Jim Abbott to replace Wally Joyner at first.

Six Gold Gloves at first base.

Played in the postseason 4 times, with 1 World Series (loss).

Successfully pulled off the "hidden ball trick"by tagging out Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Carlos PĂ©rez at first base.

Friday, October 12, 2012

#22 Lee Smith

MENACING : intransitive verb - to act in a threatening manner

6 feet, 6 inches, 265 pounds, and a 95 mile per hour fastball.

He was scouted by Buck O'Neil.

18 years with Cubs, Red Sox, Cardinals, Yankees, Orioles, Angels, Expos. 

Loved to face Hubie Brooks: 5 for 29, 10 K, .172 AVG.

A saves MONSTER.

Monday, October 8, 2012

#21 Tim Salmon

a: application of the mental faculties to the acquisition of knowledge 
b: such application in a particular field or to a specific subject 

Like baseball.

Originally drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 18th round of the 1986 amateur draft, but did not sign.

1993 American League ROY.

Record for most career home runs without ever making an All-Star team. 

Nicknamed Tim "Sock-Eyed" Salmon by Chris Berman.

First player ever to get a hit off Mariano Rivera.

Was a California, Anaheim, and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Angel.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

#20 Chuck Finley

HORSE : an athlete whose performance is consistently strong and reliable.

He certainly has the mane.

Chuck is champing at the bit in that lower photo.

Recorded 4 strikeouts in a single inning three times.

"That just shows you how this league has gone to hell." - Finley, after being named player of the week.

 "I can't believe she left out the cross-dressing." - Finley after estranged wife Tawny Kitaen gave damaging testimony against him.

Winning pitcher in the 2010 Legends & Celebrity Softball Game at Angel Stadium.