What's that you say, Michael Eisner?
Just three years and it's gone away.
Hey, Hey, Hey.
I'll miss the purple skies of 2005,
the on-card autos of 2006,
and the sweet Dick Perez paintings of 2007.
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John Montefusco had plenty of reasons to smile:
1. Cool nickname: The Count (as in Count of Montefusco)
2. ROY in 1975. His 15 wins beat out a young Gary Carter. (John was 4th in CY Young voting. Seaver won 22 that year.)
3. 2 scoreless innings in his only All-Star appearance in 1976.
4. No-Hitter vs. the Braves in 1976. (Did you know the Mets have never had a pitcher to throw a no-hitter?)
5. Back in the Bigs after a neck injury from a car crash.
Now for the biggest frowner and most ignorant of 1985 Donruss: Bob Knepper!
He looks a like Bunson's lab partner, Beaker!
Bob Knepper is an angry woman-hater. Check out these choice words from Knepper:
"I just don’t think a woman should be an umpire. There are certain things a
woman shouldn’t be and an umpire is one of them. It’s a physical thing. God
created women to be feminine. I don’t think they should be competing with men.
It has nothing to do with her ability. I don’t think women should be in any
position of leadership. I don’t think they should be presidents or politicians.
I think women were created not in an inferior position, but in a role of
submission to men. You can be a woman umpire if you want, but that doesn’t mean
it’s right. You can be a homosexual if you want, but that doesn’t mean that’s
Bob is not an enlightened guy. He pitched great the year he made these remarks. He made the All-Star team. That's too bad. Maybe he was frowning because nobody likes him.
Montefusco will be honored here with the display of his Stats on the Back.
Knepper will not be so honored. Boo Bob Knepper. Hooray Montefusco!!!
Apologies to Beaker for being compared to Knepper.
And here's Harold Baines with the same double hattage that I used when I was in little league.
Its a shame these too really good players couldn't get one of the good helmets from the bag. Schmidt and Fisk were the stars of their teams. Maybe they always got the good helmets.
Oliver only spent half of 1984 wearing the bergandy pin stripes. He was involved in lots of trades, including a crazy 4-team trade in 1977. (the trade involved shuld-be HOFer Bert Blyleven and the New York Mets. Check it out here.) Oliver was a 7-time all-star and received MVP votes 10 different years. His best year came in 1982 with the Montreal Expos. He won a World Series with the 1971 Pirates. Nickname: Scoop!
Harold Baines, along with Oliver, belongs in the Hall of Very Good (Sorry Steve!). He played and produced for 22 seasons. He routinely hit over 20 HRs and batted over .290. He finished his career with 384 Hrs and 2866 hits. His hometown celebrates Harold Baines Day every January 9.
Two nice players and one cool memory of Little League!
Eight shutouts! Wow. Nobody gets that many in a year. Brandon Webb led the league last year with 3. Dontrelle is the last pitcher to get 5 in a year. If D-Train could move the ball with his eyes in 2005, he certainly cannot do it anymore .
Valenzuela won the Silver Slugger award in 1981 and 1983. In '83, he only batted .183. Maybe he should not have batted with the silver bat he won in '81.
After starting his career with 6 straight All-Star game appearances, Valenzuela cooled off and became a pretty average pitcher for a lot of years. He did pitch a no-hitter in 1990 on the same day Dave Stewart threw one. Two no-hitters in the same day only happened one other day, April 22. 1898.
Fernando pitched and played some first base in the Mexican League in 2005 and 2006. He also coached Team Mexico in the World Baseball Classic. I think he made the USA lose with his eyes!
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