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All right, you win: Bo would not have been able to run in the Olympics. But could Carl Lewis have played even in A ball Tee-ball?
Say, is this scouting report for position-player Trevor Hoffman by Joe Maddon by THE Joe Maddon?
Edited in: It is.
Im actually surprised he didnt pick up bowling and reel off a 300 within a year. Because he's Bo.
Aggressive in everything he does. Intense. Has a ML ego and some showmanship.
I also like XXL Little League jerseys from thrift stores, which can fit a 5'11 165lbs adult pretty well.
Matt Wieters wears Bo Jackson pajamas that he bought second-hand from The World's Most Interesting Man.
Bo Jackson's 1987 Topps baseball card is still my favorite card ever. It's like Andy Warhol and Normal Rockwell got together to create the perfect baseball card for the perfect athlete.
Bo was made for the decathlon.
What would happen if famous pansy tackler Deion Sanders tried to tackle Bo Jackson?
Found some of my earlier writings. It was the discus throw in which he didn't know how to throw it properly and yet he still threw it 149 feet. He won the state decathlon twice despite not running the mile both times. In one year he won the state title in the triple jump and on his last jump he twisted his ankle. Despite that he would set the state record in the 100 yard dash later that day. He also threw 2 no hitters as a senior in high school but gave up pitching because he found it boring. Quit baseball in college because he wanted to focus on track and the Olympics. Quit track a half season in because he failed to qualify for the trials. The guy was one big gigantic mass of raw athleticism and power but he simply never had the drive to maximize it to its fullest. Imagine if Bo Jackson had Michael Jordan's drive to be great.
Was it drive or focus?
The guy was one big gigantic mass of raw athleticism and power but he simply never had the drive to maximize it to its fullest. Imagine if Bo Jackson had Michael Jordan's drive to be great.
He was too bulky at his playing weight and likely would struggle with the hurdles, high jump and pole vault, not to mention the 1,500 meters. There are very few great track guys at his size. They are either bigger for weight events or smaller for everything else.
I think he also said he never spent a day lifting weights.
#228 Reminds me of Keith Richards' line about if he had been any better at playing guitar he would have been terrible.
When I first moved to Brooklyn and went to a bar I met a guy wearing an aviation school t-shirt so I asked him if he was a pilot. I was so naive back then.
I think Richards is saying that his playing wouldn't have the same soul and raw emotion if it was more polished. Neil Young is the absolute king of that style.
Being a kid during his prime, I had a bit of a warped sense of potential. There was Deion, Brian Jordan and him all playing three sports. I thought that was the future. Athletes were getting so good that they could do multiple sports. Then he came back with a bionic hip and crushed the baseball. Again, I thought sports medicine was reaching epic levels that could bring anyone back no matter how bad the injury.
Look back at it 20 years later, and he's still the only one that ever did this stuff. And nobody else is even close. He's the Chuck Norris memes. In real life.
I used to have an Oland's brewery (they make Moosehead in the green bottles) green work shirt with the Oland's batch on the breast. I'd wear it to bars and very easily convince girls that I was a quality control guy at the brewery and tasted beer for a living.
The funny thing was, they were super impressed
The funny thing was, they were super impressed (and they weren't "women" - I'm talking 19-23 year old students, same as I was) and somewhat incredulous, until I admitted that it wasn't all that glamourous because the beer had to be tasted straight out of the vats so it was warm.
Moreover, I'm glad Jackson wasn't all MJ about football; if he had Jordan's drive, he would have never played baseball and we would have all missed out.
Not mentioned in the 250 posts yet is that this scout thought Bo was "worth" $200,000. In the '85 draft (the year of this report, Bo would have been eligible)
IIRC, Bo turned down $250k from the Yankees out of HS.
I don't know about that. Especially considering that Jordan did play some baseball.
The "problem" was he just didn't want to focus on any one sport.
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