February 29, 2012

Jose Canseco Apologizes for Juiced

Jose Canseco is like the mob.  Everytime I tell myself I'm done with him...he does something to pull me back in.

Wednesday night was no different.

In "Pulp Fiction" it was referred to as a "moment of clarity".  That said, I'm not sure what schizophrenics (or whatever Canseco is) call it.  But enough cliches...here's the bomb the former American League MVP dropped via Twitter.

I am truly sorry for hurting my teamates and friends when I wrote juiced.

Say...what?!?  Then there was this.

I have had nightmares since I wrote that book it still haunts me till today .it is my demon that never sleeps

Wow. 

Alright.  I'm not the world's biggest Canseco apologist, but his 2005 bestseller Juiced (or, if you prefer, Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant 'Roids, Smash Hits & How Baseball Got Big) actually got the whole steroids ball rolling if you think about it.

Right out the gate, dude claimed that 85% of the league was on the juice.  Sure, there's no way to substantiate that...but, it wasn't like he was off target with some of his individual finger pointing.

Among the players Canseco outs...former teammate Mark McGwire.  And after not addressing the subject for years, the slugger finally admits to it in January 2010.  Also mentioned...Rafael Palmeiro.  This, of course, led to the infamous Grand Jury testimony and, subsequently, an August 2005 suspension.

Lastly, Roger Clemens was also tabbed as being a user of performance enhancing drugs.  And while the seven-time Cy Young award winner was very dismissive of Canseco's claims...his name popped up in the Mitchell Report 82 times.

Plenty of people are going to blast Canseco and his truths, but as Hall of Famer Rollie Fingers told me a while back "you don’t see too many people suing him."

I could go on and on, but I won't.  We all know what else came after Juiced...and I'm not just referring to Vindicated.

That said, can we believe that Jose Canseco has turned over a new leaf and is the hug monster he is portraying on Twitter...or are we just witnessing his third book being played out before our eyes?


This Week in Baseball Cards: February 29

Sure "Moneyball" struck out at the Academy Awards this past Sunday night, but...it doesn't mean we're done talking about it.

Here's Bo Rosny with This Week in Baseball Cards!

This past week’s Friday 5 with with Stephen Bishop, the actor who played David Justice in "Moneyball", led me to wonder who else played former Major Leaguers in the Oscar-nominated film.

Here’s some cards of characters in the movie paired with the actor who played them in the movie.

Astros minor leaguer-turned-stuntman Sergio Garcia as Jorge Posada.


Gary “G. Thang” Johnson as Jermaine Dye.


Nick Searcy as Matt Keough.
 

And remember, gang, you can check out Bo's daily insights over at his site...Baseball Cards Come to Life.


February 28, 2012

Mets Reliever Channels Hulk Hogan

With WrestleMania a little more than a month away...New York Mets reliever Tim Byrdak decided that the time was right to channel his inner "Hulkster" and crash Digital Doman Park dressed as the world's most famous grappler.

"I just want to let these younger guys know that it's OK to have fun and that spring training doesn't need to be so serious," the ten-year veteran told Big League Stew.

And the best part...the fu manchu is real.

Now, if only someone could convince Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson lookalike Freddy Garcia to hit New York Yankees camp camp dressed as "The Brahma Bull" himself.


***H/T Kevin Kaduk over at Big League Stew.***

Gary Sheffield Visits Orioles Camp...as an Agent

***The picture above was borrowed from The Baltimore Sun.***

Hey, Baltimore Orioles fans, that familiar face you saw bumping around Sarasota this week was, indeed, Gary Sheffield.

But, no, he wasn't tryng to make the team.  Far from it.  The nine-time All-Star was in camp pitching (get it?) his latest client...righty Josh Banks.

Wait..client?

That's right, it appears "Sheff" picked up a thing or two during his 22-year big league run...dude is now the brains behind the Sheffield Management and Entertainment Group.

And, apparently, he knows what he is doing.  The 29-year-old Banks got an invite to tryout with the birds.

“(Sheffield) brought him here,” Orioles GM Dan Duquette told The Baltimore Sun, “because he sees the opportunity for pitchers to help our major league team. So Gary's been paying attention, I'll tell you that.”

This wasn't Sheffield's first foray into agenting (is that even a word?) either.  In 2003, he brokered his own deal with the New York Yankees...getting $39 million over three years.

February 27, 2012

Yankees Spend Media Day in the Bathroom

I'm not sure how the joke went, but the punchline goes something like this...Alex Rodriguez got his picture taken in the bathroom.

And, no, I'm talking about some joke photos of dude taking a leak.  Someone went in with a camera, set up lights, the whole deal...and took the New York Yankees superstar's picture in the men's room.

Oh, the rest of the squad was along for the ride as well.


February 26, 2012

Friday 5 (Oscar Edition): Casey Bond

Tonight's the night, baseball fans.  Soon, we'll know if "Moneyball" will go six-for-six (a even Derek Jeter has never accomplished), or, well...come home with anything at all.

Enter Casey Bond. 

Like Stephen Bishop, who played David Justice in "Moneyball" , Bond also played a former member of the Oakland Athletics in the Oscar nominated film.  Bond played submarine-throwing reliever Chad Bradford. 

I caught up with Bond on the eve of the Academy Awards and asked him how he would rank his all-time favorite baseball movies.

1.  Moneyball  (2011, directed by Bennett Miller)


2.  Bull Durham  (1988, directed by Ron Shelton)



3.  The Sandlot  (1993, directed by David M. Evans)



4.  Field of Dreams  (1989, directed by Phil Alden Robinson)


5.  For Love of the Game  (1999, directed by Sam Raimi)


Casey Bond is no stranger to baseball.  The actor was actually drafted by the San Francisco Giants in 2007.  You can follow him on Twitter at @CaseyBond, keep tabs on him over at Facebook or, imagine that...check out his personal website.

Lastly, I'm a big "Bull Durham" guy...but what about you?  What are your favorite baseball movies?


February 25, 2012

Talkin' Ryan Braun (Kinda) with Curt Hogg

Up until Friday afternoon, I had never heard of the Milwaukee Brewers-themed blog, The Plushdamentals, much less, it's 16-year-old scribe Curt Hogg.

But now, I'm simply the next guy to email him blindly asking for a Q&A.

You see, the Brown Deer (Wisconsin) High School junior is the guy who, last week,  took a shot in the dark and, in the process, scooped the world on the Ryan Braun PED story.

That's right, Hogg is the self-proclaimed "up-and-coming journalist" (and who can debate that now?) who, on February 14, posted this:

According to sources, the results were not immediately sent to Major League Baseball as they should have been. Instead, the test samples were brought back to the collector’s residence in Kenosha, Wisconsin. There they remained, refrigerated, overnight until they were mailed in the next morning. While it is not assured that there is sufficient information to show that the test was mishandled, it supports Braun’s case.

Sound familiar?

I had a chance to talk with Hogg and ask his about his whirlwind couple of days in the national spotlight.

HOVG:  Alright, dude…you’re blowing up right now.  What has been the craziest thing that’s happened in the last couple of days?

HOGG:  The whole thing has been pretty insane, but the morning after the Braun news broke I got a tweet from a University of Wisconsin student saying they were discussing my journalism in her advanced journalism class.

HOVG:  The situation is pretty intriguing, really.  If you’re wrong…it’s cool.  You’re guilty of taking a shot in the dark.  If you’re right…you’re a hero.  Did you spend the last nine days waiting for your just desserts or just going about your daily routine?

HOGG:  I didn't really wait too much to see if my report was going to be true. I was more waiting on the actual verdict on the Braun case.

HOVG:  Have you heard from your unnamed source since you first reported the story on Braun’s sample being mishandled or do you think it was forgotten?

HOGG:  I've talked to the source, yes.

HOVG:  I saw in your Deadspin interview that you didn’t have school on Friday.  What do you think the reaction is going to be Monday when you return?  Business as usual…or something else?

HOGG:  I'll be getting a lot of "Hey Curt! I saw you on the news dude!" and stuff like that. It's going to be complete chaos, so pretty much business as usual.

HOVG:  Lastly…a two-parter.  Where do you think, if anywhere, this will take you?  And two…where do you want, if anywhere, this to take you?

HOGG:  I don't think one story by itself can carry so much momentum as to take me places beyond my "15 minutes". But add the notoriety to what I hope will be improved writing, and I hope to go places. And as for part two, in the immediate future I see studying journalism in college and going from there.

So what's next for Hogg?  Who knows?!?  Heck...who could have predicted this?  Find out what dude is doing by hitting up his site or following him on twitter at @CurtKnowsBest.


Behold...the Chipper Jones Tattoo!

Alright, enough with the whole "Chipper Jones is fat" thing.  Yeah, yeah...we all saw the picture. 

Matter of fact, Jones did too, telling The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

“I’m also fat now, from what I hear,” Jones said, smiling as he winced while taking his jersey over his sunburned arms. “I’m a little worried, this is the first time I’ve ever been called fat.”

"Thing is, I'm seven pounds lighter than I've ever been in camp, and now I'm fat," Jones said. "I weigh 226, 227. Usually I'm 235."

But, we're all missing the real story here...have you seen Atlanta Braves fan Megan Perry's Chipper Jones tattoo?

I mean, someone probably thought she was a little obsessed with the future Hall of Famer when she changed her Twitter handle to @chipsgirl10...but now?

I caught up with with the SoCal native and asked her about her motivation...here's the response.

I love love Chipper wanted to show that loved him for 18 yrs so 4 1/2 hrs and 450.00 dollars later there u go

Talk about dedication.


February 24, 2012

Friday 5: Stephen Bishop

This Sunday, "Moneyball" will either be the first baseball-related movie given the Best Picture Award at the Academy Awards...or the most recent to not deliver.

One of the actors featured prominently in the film is Stephen Bishop.  And while you might not know his name (yet), you definitely are aware of him...dude played David Justice.

I had a chance to catch up with the actor, and while he hasn't shared the big screen with Justice's ex-wife (yet), I was curious if he had some favorite Halle Berry movies.

Here's how he responded.

1.  Boomerang  (1992, directed by Reginald Hudlin)


2.  Losing Isaiah  (1995, directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal)


3.  Swordfish  (2001, directed by Dominic Sena)


4.  Die Another Day  (2002, directed by Lee Tamahori)


5.  Monster's Ball  (2001, directed by Marc Forster)


Stephen Bishop can currently be see in "Safe House" and, on May 18, "Battleship".  You can follow him on Twitter at @stephencbishop.     

Ten Things About Baseball Movies and the Academy Awards

With the Academy Awards this Sunday and “Moneyball” up for six statues…you’re going to hear and read a ton about how poorly baseball movies (or sports movies in general) have fared when it comes to Oscar night.

And, well, those would be pretty fair statements.

I mean, let’s be honest, only three sports-related films (“Rocky”, “Chariots of Fire” and “Million Dollar Baby”) have taken home the top prize and, well…none of them had a lick to do with baseball.

Here are ten things you might not have known about baseball movies and the Academy Awards.

$107,533,928
When it comes to box office totals, would it surprise you that the highest grossing baseball film is one about…women?  Then again, who wouldn’t want to head to the theater and watch eventual two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks chewing the scenery with Madonna and Geena Davis in “A League of Their Own”.  A side note on “A League of Their Own”…the story was penned by Kelly Candaele, brother of former big leaguer Casey and son of former All-American Girls Professional Baseball Leaguer Helen Callaghan.

June 29, 1905
In “Field of Dreams”, Kevin Costner’s Ray Kinsella was sent on a journey to bring Chisholm, Minnesota’s Archibald “Moonlight” Graham to Iowa.  He did.  The real “Moonlight” Graham appeared in one game for the New York Giants, but never got an at bat.  In the top of the ninth inning, Graham was on deck when Claude Elliott flied out, resulting in the third and final out. Graham played the bottom of the ninth in right field but never came to bat. That game turned out to be his only appearance in the major leagues.

246
Throughout “Bull Durham”, Crash Davis is chasing the Minor League home run record and, late in the film, we learn that he eclipses 246 and moves into first place.  However, the home run record is held by “The Babe Ruth of Mexico” Hector Espino  with 484.  Espino played in the Mexican Minor Leagues from 1960 to 1984.

98%
Of all the baseball films out there…“Bull Durham” ranks the highest among all of them over at Rotten Tomatoes.  The lone rotten review among the 48 over at the site was from some guy called Walter Chaw who said, of the Oscar nominated script…“there’s too much chatter”.

83
Most of the baseball in the film “A League of Their Own” was shot at Wrigley Field in Chicago.  However, the Rockford Peaches played their games 83 miles from the home of the Chicago Cubs…at Beyer Stadium on 15th Avenue in Rockford, Illinois.  And, yeah, that’s a recent picture of what’s left of the stadium below.

11
“Moneyball” heads into Sunday night’s award show with six nominations.  In 1943, “The Pride of the Yankees” scored eleven noms…the most of any baseball-themed movie.  It won one…best editing.  Coincidentally, one of six “Moneyball” nominations?  Best editing.

6
One of this year’s nominees, Glenn Close, was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in 1985 for “The Natural”, but lost to Peggy Ashcroft.  Futhermore, she’s never brought home the Academy Award…going 0-for-6.

3
Last year’s Best Screenplay winner Aaron Sorkin was nominated again this go ‘round for his penning of the “Moneyball” script.  And should he win, he’ll join Joseph Mankiewicz (1950 and 1951) and Robert Bolt (1965 and 1966) as the only three back-to-back award winning scribes.

.251
Long before he was the director of “Bull Durham” and “Cobb”, Ron Shelton played minor league ball for the Baltimore Orioles.  From 1967 to 1971, the 1989 nominee for Best Screenplay, played in 478…compiling a .251 batting average.

0
Surprisingly, the 1976 tour de force “The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings” did not garner a single Academy Award nomination.  And, yeah, I’ll go on record and say it…Bingo Long himself, Billy Dee Williams, should be honored with a lifetime achievement award for his 1980 portrayal of Lando Calrissian.



February 22, 2012

A Justin Verlander High School Bobblehead?

It's that time of year, folks.  The time where baseball teams are releasing their promotional schedules.

By now, we've all seen that creepy, stuffed Don Zimmer bear that the Tampa Bay Rays are giving way, right?

Well, not to be outdone, the Richmond Flying Squirrels are doing a Justin Verlander bobblehead...and it will feature the reigning American League MVP and Cy Young award winner in his, wait for it, Goochland High School jersey.

Pretty cool, right?

What if I told you that the bobblehead of the Detroit Tigers hurler was going to be given away at the Double-A home of the San Francisco Giants?

Say what?!?  One can only hope that he's immortalized with his sweet 18-year-old dirtstache.

Some other dates of note...the Flying Squirrels are bringing in Dale Murphy (April 12), Bret "The Hitman" Hart (June 12) and midget wrestling (September 1).

So, yeah, you've got that going for you, Richmond. 


Talkin' Baseball (and Survivor) with Albert Destrade

With "Survivor: One World" dominating the CBS airwaves for the next dozen weeks (or so), you can't help but be reminded of the hype surrounding this past season and one of its castaways, Brandon Hantz, nephew of the show's top villain Russell Hantz.

But it was a completely different "famous nephew" that was there in the finals and, ultimately, took home the bronze...Albert Destrade, nephew of former big leaguer Orestes Destrade.

Recently, I had a chance to talk baseball (and a little "Survivor") with the Junior Destrade.

HOVG: There have been a number of former football players (both collegiate and professional) that have found their way to “Survivor” and I’m thinking you might be one of the first with any sort of baseball pedigree. So, with that in mind…what baseball players (past or present) would you want to play “Survivor” with and why?

DESTRADE: Wow, great question. Being a diehard Braves fan, my first choice would probably be Tom Glavine. The dude has ice water in his veins. "Survivor" can be a very emotional and stressful game. You want to play with people who are good at being rational and keeping their emotions in check. Glavine would probably be my right hand man. David Eckstein would be another guy who I think would scrappy and good to have on your side. I think Brian Wilson would be my wild card pick just because having him around would be great for team challenges and also the dude might be the funniest guy in all of sports.

HOVG: And speaking of your baseball past, I read on your bio from this past season of “Survivor” that your claim to fame was hitting your first career home run off of a future first round draft pick. I’ve gotta know…can you share that story and, since I’m too lazy to search the box scores, who was it?

DESTRADE: Ha!  It was a guy by the name of Eric Beattie out of the University of Tampa. The Tigers drafted him 32nd overall or something like that. It was in 2004, my freshman year of college. The dude was just mowing us down working 92-95mph. I went up in the seventh looking dead red fastball. Got a first pitch fastball down and in and lined a ball into the trees in left. I still remember our pitching coach, who was a real hardass saying "about time Destrade" as I entered the dugout after rounding the bases.

HOVG: Much has been made of your former tribesmate Brandon and the icy relationship between him and his uncle Russell. How is the relationship between you and Orestes? Did he have any advice for you before you left for “Survivor”?

DESTRADE: My uncle Orestes and I are very close. He has always served as a mentor for me in baseball and in life. His only advice in terms of "Survivor" was that this was a tremendous opportunity for me. That I should take advantage of it and absolutely make the most of it.

HOVG: Lastly, Orestes has had a pretty successful career since leaving the game and given the fans you’ve accumulated online…is it possible that you, too, might end up with a career in television? If so (or not)…what can we expect from Albert Destrade next?

DESTRADE: The funny thing is that my uncle has done baseball broadcasting for ESPN, Fox Sports and around the world, but I actually was into broadcasting before he was! I studied broadcast communications in college and wanted to be a baseball broadcaster since a very young age. As of right now, I'm coaching baseball and absolutely loving it. I want to coach baseball until I look like a Latin version of Jack McKeon. But, between now and then I wouldn't mind sneaking in some more TV work. I'm currently in development of a television project in a collaboration with a fellow South Pacific cast member who I will leave nameless for now. But it's a project that I'm really excited about.

HOVG:  How can we keep up with you?

DESTRADE:  Fans can follow me on Twitter. @SurvivorAlbert is the handle. I will also be live tweeting during "Survivor: One World" this spring. And, be on the lookout for a new television project coming this Fall.



February 21, 2012

This Week in Baseball Cards: February 21

Spring Training is in full bloom...yet, for some reason, football is still on our minds.

Here's Bo Rosny with This Week in Baseball Cards!

Fascinating post recently about NFL stars drafted by baseball teams.  If you’re not familiar with it, the site Baseball Cube has all kinds of neat baseball trivia, like lists of NFL players drafted by the MLB and a listing of where every MLB draft pick when to high school. From that you can figure out which NFL stars played baseball with a future Major Leaguer.

Tom Brady, who has now lost two Super Bowls to the Giants, played baseball at Junipero Serra High with former Twins pitcher Dan Serafini. Brady was the Expos 18th round draft choice in 1995.


John Elway also lost a Super Bowl to the Giants. A second round draft choice of the Yankees in 1981 he was a high school baseball teammate of former Tigers infielder Doug Baker at Granada Hills High School, giving that team a Super Bowl and a World Series champ. He even played a year in the minor leagues, roaming the outfield with Dan Pasqua on the 1982 Oneonta Yankees.


Finally, some sad news this week, as Gary Carter passed away. As a Yankee fan growing up during the Mets dynasty, I naturally didn’t like Carter. However, in recent years, I had heard so many times how he was one of the nicest players in baseball.


Here’s a link to an interview I did a while back with the Expos photographer for Fleer in the 1980s, who among other things talked about how “The Kid” would go out of his way to be nice even to the photographers.

And remember, gang, you can check out Bo's daily insights over at his site...Baseball Cards Come to Life.

February 20, 2012

Ten Things About Tim Wakefield

When Boston Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield announced his retirement Friday it marked the end of an era.

For 19 seasons, we've watched his knuckleball flutter and baffle opponents to the tune of 200 career victories.  And, sure, it took a slew of starts this past season to get to that mark, but when he did...the 45-year-old became just the seventh knuckleballer (Phil Niekro, Ted Lyons, Joe Niekro, Charlie Hough, Jesse Haines and Eddie Cicotte were the others) to do it.
Here are ten more things about Tim Wakefield that you might not have known.

2010
After being up for the Roberto Clemente Award seven times, Wakefield finally took home the award on his eighth and final nomination in 2010.

186
Of dude's 200 wins, 186 of them came with the Red Sox...placing him third all-time with the club.  Ahead of the knuckleballer, pitching immortals Cy Young and Roger Clemens with 192 apiece.

186
Over the course of his 19-year big league career, Wakefield plunked 186 batters...ranking him seventh all-time.  Twice (in 1997 and 2001), he led the league in hit batsmen.

146
In Tim Wakefield's Major League debut, he threw 146 pitches.  While a high pitch count isn't that out of character for a knuckleballer, his pitching line was.  The rookie threw a complete game shutout...striking out ten St. louis Cardinals in the process.

.117
Even though the right handed pitcher was a record breaking hitter while in college for the Florida Tech Panthers (more on that later), Wakefield only managed at .117 career batting average.  In 1993, he hit his only big league home run when he took Houston Astros righty (and eventual Red Sox teammate) Mark Portugal deep.

97
Of all the pitchers that have taken to the mound at Fenway Park since it opened, only seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens (100) has more victories at the century old stadium than Wakefield's 97.

44 years, 282 days
When the knuckleballer relieved John Lackey on May 11, 2011, he became, at 44 years, 282 days...the oldest player to ever appear for the Red Sox.

40
In 1987, then-first baseman Tim Wakefield set a Florida Tech record with 22 home runs and 71 RBI.  Over his career, the one-time Panther hit a school-high 40 dingers.

15
On August 10, 1999...Wakefield struck out four Kansas City Royals in the ninth inning to become just the fifteenth American League pitcher to accomplish the task.  Incidentally, then-Anaheim Angels pitcher Chuck Finley accomplished the feat twice in the same season.

2
Possibly more important than any of these other numbers...Wakefield is a two-time World Champion.  The veteran was a member of both the 2004 and 2007 Boston Red Sox teams.


February 17, 2012

Brett Lawrie in a Yankees Cap?

I think Dustin Parkes over at The Score summed it up best..."a new national nightmare has been realized in Canada."

That's right...Toronto Blue Jays sensation (and Canadian product) Brett Lawrie has been photographed wearing a New York Yankees cap.

Sure, sure, the thirdbaseman was a kid at the time, but, still...if I'm a Jays fan, I'm hoping my team holds on to the guy as long as they can.

Oh well, at least Lawrie in a Yankees cap is better than the alternative.

Or is it?


Tim Wakefield Set to Retire

Are you sitting down, America?

According to The Boston Globe...Tim Wakefield is calling it quits after 19 seasons in the bigs.  The 45-year-old knuckleballer ends his career 200-180 with a 4.41 ERA. 

After 17 years with the Boston Red Sox, Wakefield sits third in team history for victories (186), trailing only Cy Young and Roger Clemens, who each had 192.  He is also second in wins at Fenway Park with 97 trailing Clemens, again, who has 100.

This past season, Wakefield was 7-8 with a 5.12 ERA in 33 games 23 of them starts.  Along the way, he joined Hall of Famer Walter Johnson as the only two pitchers in American League history with at least four wins and 125 or more innings in 17 consecutive seasons.


Pitcher's Daughter Still in the Mix on "Idol"

In a shocking twist..."American Idol" cut people who already thought they were safe!

Apparently.  I don't really know to be honest.

What I do know is this...former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Joe Magrane's daughter Shannon is safe and on to whatever the next round is.

Remember last month during the auditions when judge, Aerosmith frntoman Steven Tyler told the lefty that his daughter Shannon was "hot, humid and happening"?  Well, more disturbing might be how she's described over at Idol's homepage.

She's a teen with a size 11 shoe! Meet Shannon Magrane, who has a funny story about her baseball playing father.

Really?  That's the best way to describe the 16-year-old wannabe singing sensation?

And in case you were wondering, no, this isn't the first time the spawn of a former Major Leaguer has made it on to the show. Heck, it isn't even the first time a family member from one of the 1987 National League Champion Cardinals has made the show.

During Season Four, Niko Smith, son of Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith, made the cut and sang his way to ninth place and a recording deal.


February 16, 2012

Gary Carter (1954-2012)

It's one of those stories you hate to read...but catching great Gary Carter has passed away following his public battle with brain cancer.

He was 57.

"I am deeply saddened to tell you all that my precious dad went to be with Jesus today at 4:10 p.m.," Carter's daughter Kimmy Bloemers wrote on the family website. "This is the most difficult thing I have ever had to write in my entire life but I wanted you all to know."

"The Kid" played 19 years in the Majors...primarily for the Montreal Expos and New York Mets. He finished his career with 2092 hits, 324 home runs and, of course, that 1986 World Series ring.

And when he retired in 1992...he had caught more games than any other National League player.

I had a chance to talk with Carter shortly after he finished up his first season as the head coach of the Palm Beach Atlantic University Men’s Baseball team and asked him what his most memorable travel experience was.

His answer?

"Probably (going) to the White House after we won the 1986 World Series or maybe my first All-Star game in Milwaukee," the 11-time All-Star said, "the excitement and anticipation was overwhelming."

Something tells me his trip to Cooperstown was memorable as well. 

In 2003, Carter became the first player to enter The Hall of Fame wearing an Expos cap on his plaque.


February 15, 2012

Nyjer Morgan Presents: Sh*t Black Guys Do

I'm not going to lie...I've purposely avoided all of the "Sh*t People Do" videos.

Until now.