Wednesday, December 18, 2013

#71 Rickey Henderson

PROFESSOR : noun \prə-ˈfe-sər\
one that professes, avows, or declares

Henderson is one of the most well known professors of HIMSELF!

On referring to himself in the third person:
“Listen, people are always saying, ‘Rickey says Rickey.’ But it’s been blown way out of proportion. People might catch me, when they know I’m ticked off, saying, ‘Rickey, what the heck are you doing, Rickey?’ They say, ‘Darn, Rickey, what are you saying Rickey for? Why don’t you just say, ‘I?’ But I never did. I always said, ‘Rickey,’ and it became something for people to joke about.”

He called San Diego GM Kevin Towers and left the following message: “This is Rickey calling on behalf of Rickey. Rickey wants to play baseball.”

A reporter asked Henderson if Ken Caminiti’s estimate that 50 percent of Major League players were taking steroids was accurate. His response was, “Well, Rickey’s not one of them, so that’s 49 percent right there.”

“If they want to pay me like Mike Gallego, I’ll play like Gallego.”

(And there are oh so many more.)

Monday, December 9, 2013

#70 Dennis Eckersley

FOCUSED :  noun \ˈfō-kəs\ directed attention :  emphasis

(Focused on chomping down on an atomic sour ball every time he winds up.)

Pitched a no-hitter against the California Angels in 1977.

Gave up the famous game-winning home run to Kirk Gibson in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series.

Coined the phrase "Walk-off home run".

Saved 57 Bob Welch wins in his career, a record for a pitcher combo until 2009.

 The first of only two pitchers in Major League history to have both a 20-win season and a 50-save season in a career.

Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on January 6, 2004

Thursday, December 5, 2013

#69 Geronimo Berroa

LOOSE :  adjective \ˈlüs\
: not tightly fastened, attached, or held

Like having a screw loose?
Like crazy?

Played for the Atlanta Braves, Oakland A's, Cincinnati Reds, Florida Marlins, Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, Totonto Blue Jays, Los Angeles Dodgers and the Lotte Giants all in 13 years,
and this after 6 years in the minors.

Accused by Jason Grimsley of using anabolic steroids in a federal agent's affidavit.