Friday, December 19, 2014

#105 Javier Lopez

INTENT : adjective \in-╦łtent\
: 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.