Pfft....You watch the game. I gots Cracker Jacks to nom!
Ah, baseball. As American as Apple Pie, Hot Dogs, and Chevrolet.
Baseball is based on a game called Rounders that originated in England. The first Apple Pie recipe published was in 1545, again in England, and Chevy? While it was founded in America, Louis Chevrolet was a Swiss race car driver.
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Why don't you ever do as you're told?
Gaylord Perry was a pitcher who started playing for the Giants in 1962. This is back when pitchers hit as well as pitched. (think National League). Well, Mr. Perry was, how shall I phrase this, a really bad hitter. His manager, Alvin Dark, told a reporter once that "They'll put a man on the moon before Gaylord Perry hits a home run." On July 20th, 1969, Gaylord Perry stepped up to the plate and knocked one out of the park. Only 20 minutes earlier, Neil Armstrong had stepped out of the Eagle 1 and taken his first steps on the moon.
Everyone these days say the Cubs are bad. Well, it was no different in 1905. Jack McCarthy, an outfielder, was getting frustrated by the Cubs lack of ability to throw anyone out. So he fielded a ground ball, and from the outfield, threw out the runner at home plate, getting the first out of the inning. Then, he did it again. Then, he did it again. Yes friends, he threw three people out at home plate, from the outfield, in a single inning.
Every year, the major leagues play an All Star game. In 1968, it was quite a game. It was played in the Houston Astrodome. The first time it was played indoors. The game was won by the National league, 1-0. The only person to score was the MVP, Willie Mayes. Ok, so whats odd about that? There were no RBI's in the game. Mayes made it to third in the first inning. The next batter hit into a double play, and since there were no outs, Mayes scored. Since it was a fielders choice, no RBI was awarded. And, since it was the only run scored, 1968 remains the only year where an All Star game had no RBI's.
In 1990, the Twins were playing the Red Sox. In the bottom of the fourth inning, something amazing happened. A classic 3-2-1 tripple play. Even though it was against the home team, the crowd went nuts. Then, in the bottom of the eighth, something amazing happened. A classic 3-2-1 tripple play! Yes folk, the Twins had achieved not one, but two tripple plays in the same game. Too bad they lost anyway.
Oh look, here's the Twins again. In 1994, the Twins and Indians held some meetings, and it was decided to send Dave Winfield to the Indians for a player to be named later. Some of you older baseball fans may remember that 1994 was a strike shortened year. Since the rest of the season was cancelled before the unnamed player was sent to the Twins, the Indians executives took the Twins executives out for a really nice dinner. Dave Winfield was traded for a dinner.
But, if you can believe it, baseball can top that trade with an even odder one.
In 2005, the Blue Jays traded John McDonald to the Tigers for a player to be named later. At the end of the season, it was time for the Tigers to cough up that unnamed player. So, they sent John McDonald to the Blue Jays. Yes, John McDonald is the only player in Major League history to be traded for himself.
Now, where my toy surprise at? Aw, don't tell me I ate another one?