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Friday, February 17, 2017

Nick Swisher: “The Dream Is Over, Baby!”

And he was all like, “brah, its totes time to call it quits.”

Then, in my first at bat, I get to the plate toting one of my fresh new sticks, and … first pitch, bro … I go deep. Like, deeeeep. A no-doubter. And the catcher — who still doesn’t know who I am — says, “Wow, man … that’s a really nice swing.”

I’m like, “Thanks, dude. I’ve been working on it.”

And I just laughed all the way back to the dugout.

It was the best.

And the reason I say that anybody who’s ever met me or seen me play won’t be surprised by that story is because that’s the kind of energy and passion I bring to the game of baseball every time I step on the field. I guarantee you’re gonna have a hard time ever finding somebody who had as much fun playing the game as I did.

And now I’m gonna bring that same energy to everything else I do … now that I’m officially retiring from Major League Baseball.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 17, 2017 at 05:07 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: nick swisher, retirement

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Former Rangers pitcher C.J. Wilson jumps into auto racing and car sales

Why Fresno????

So apparently former Rangers and Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson has some interesting post-baseball plans lined up already.

“I’m a rookie car dealer now,” he told Fresno’s KFSN-TV on Wednesday.

He’s bought a Porche/Audi/BMW dealership in Fresno, Calif., and looks to get into auto racing as well as selling cars at his new dealership.

In his interview with the station, Wilson said that racing has always been part of him.

“I’ve been into racing since I was a kid. I started karting when I was 6 or something, going to dirt track events my whole life,” Wilson told the station. “My dad was on a pit crew and got me into it. Now it’s going to be a big deal. I don’t have to hide it anymore, there’s no contract violations to worry about or anything.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 09, 2017 at 10:29 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: c.j. wilson, retirement

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Comedy writer/baseball announcer Ken Levine reminisces about Vin Scully

Levine:
Here’s something that will make you groan. I asked if he kept all of his scorebooks down through the years and he said no. At the end of each season he just chucked them. To me that’s like throwing away the Ten Commandments.

...There was some guy on the internet selling full game broadcasts from the ‘50s-‘60s. He had some Dodger games so I bought them. I’m driving to the stadium one night listening to Vin call a game at Wrigley Field from 1966. I get so caught up in the drama of his description that when Ron Fairly hit a long fly ball down the rightfield line that just missed being a home run by inches I slammed my hand down on the dashboard in disgust. Then I thought, “This is insane. This game has been over for decades.” I told the story to Scully later that day and he said with mock urgency: “Oh, I hope we won.”

...One of the (many) amazing things Vin could do is recall plays and moments from games he saw 60 years ago. He then recounts them naming the specific players and game situations. He’s a walking baseball Google. And of course, no one else has that link with the past. No one else can tell Jackie Robinson anecdotes. I once asked him how he remembered all that stuff. He said he couldn’t just recall it at random, but something will occur in a game that triggers a memory. I said, “It’s very impressive. But how do we know you’re right?” He laughed and said, “You don’t.”

Gonfalon Bubble Posted: September 28, 2016 at 03:57 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: retirement, vin scully

 

 

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