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Friday, August 19, 2011

Chris Drury Retires

Not exactly baseball related but I’m guessing I’m not the only one who remembers him as a 12 year old baseball player.

While playing for Trumbull, Conn., Drury pitched a complete-game five-hitter and drove in two runs to lead his hometown team to the 1989 Little League World Series title. It seems only fitting that he announced the end of his athletic career while this year’s Little League World Series is being played in Williamsport, Pa.

Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: August 19, 2011 at 05:47 PM | 24 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: August 19, 2011 at 07:28 PM (#3904237)
I should have probably included something in the excerpt that he was retiring from the NHL. For those that don't follow, Drury played in for the Colorado Avalanche, Buffalo Sabres and New York Rangers.
   2. aberg Posted: August 19, 2011 at 07:29 PM (#3904240)
Yeah, I got him confused with Chris Truby briefly and wondered why he was still playing.
   3. Der Komminsk-sar Posted: August 19, 2011 at 07:39 PM (#3904257)
I never knew that that was the same guy.
   4. Moloka'i Three-Finger Brown (Declino DeShields) Posted: August 19, 2011 at 07:49 PM (#3904269)
As a 13 year-old back in August 1989, I spent much time thinking how cool it would be to be Chris Drury.
   5. Random Transaction Generator Posted: August 19, 2011 at 08:53 PM (#3904320)
I had no idea that was the same person.
   6. Turfblitz Posted: August 19, 2011 at 09:00 PM (#3904322)
I had no idea that Chris Drury ever played baseball. Cool.
   7. Athletic Supporter is USDA certified lean Posted: August 19, 2011 at 09:03 PM (#3904325)
I'm sick of all these players like Chris Drury and Albert Belle upstaging the LLWS by announcing their retirement.
   8. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: August 19, 2011 at 09:12 PM (#3904335)
I had no idea that so many people had no idea Chris Drury the hockey player was Chris Drury the Little League star.
   9. Perry Posted: August 19, 2011 at 09:31 PM (#3904361)
I had no idea that so many people had no idea Chris Drury the hockey player was Chris Drury the Little League star.


It's well known in Colorado, because it was occasionally mentioned in the press when he played for the Avs. I imagine that's also true in the other NHL cities where he played, but there'd be no reason anyone else would know.
   10. Copronymus Posted: August 19, 2011 at 09:33 PM (#3904364)
For those that don't follow, Drury played in for the Colorado Avalanche, Buffalo Sabres and New York Rangers.


How quickly we forget his glorious season helping Calgary struggle their way to 12th place in the West.

It's well known in Colorado, because it was occasionally mentioned in the press when he played for the Avs. I imagine that's also true in the other NHL cities where he played, but there'd be no reason anyone else would know.


If you happened to watch a game on ESPN that he was playing in, it was basically a guarantee that they would show footage of him in the LLWS, because they loved the bejesus out of that story.
   11. Turfblitz Posted: August 19, 2011 at 09:51 PM (#3904378)
Yet I watched him play hundreds of times for the Avs, Flames and Sabres and never recall hearing about it up here. Funny.
   12. Golfing Great Mitch Cumstein Posted: August 19, 2011 at 10:08 PM (#3904393)
College hockey fans from New England would know because he was very good at BU and his brother was on the NCAA winning Harvard team.
   13. Drew (Primakov, Gungho Iguanas) Posted: August 19, 2011 at 10:23 PM (#3904403)
I was always sad that he became a Ranger, because he became impossible to like when that happened.
   14. Howie Menckel Posted: August 20, 2011 at 03:19 AM (#3904591)
Todd Frazier was the star of the Toms River, NJ team a decade ago, and now plays for the Reds.
Prince Fielder another baseball example, iirc?
Dante Bichette Jr is off to a good start to the LLWS/make it to the majors combo as well.

I dated a girl from Trumbull for quite a while.
This site seems to be reaching into my memories sometimes, and providing unexpected ... coincidences. Maybe that's why I keep coming back.
   15. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: August 20, 2011 at 03:53 AM (#3904597)
I really hate it when MLB loses star prospects like Chris Drury and Shawn Belle to the NHL.
   16. DA Baracus Posted: August 20, 2011 at 04:09 AM (#3904604)
It's well known in Colorado, because it was occasionally mentioned in the press when he played for the Avs. I imagine that's also true in the other NHL cities where he played, but there'd be no reason anyone else would know.


I can't tell if this is really dry sarcasm. Because for years announcers would always talk about how he played in the LLWS. They beat it to death.
   17. Tuque Posted: August 20, 2011 at 05:03 AM (#3904625)
My brother and I were watching Huntington Beach play...the other SoCal team (I don't remember) in the California regionals, and Huntington Beach's star player threw six shutout innings with ten strikeouts while going two for two and driving in the game's only runs. It was ridiculous. The kid was Felix Hernandez if Felix Hernandez hit like Babe Ruth. The level of individual dominance you can see in a format like the LLWS is actually kind of exciting, if you ignore the fact that they're, you know, twelve.
   18. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: August 20, 2011 at 05:07 AM (#3904627)
Todd Frazier was the star of the Toms River, NJ team a decade ago, and now plays for the Reds.
Prince Fielder another baseball example, iirc?
Dante Bichette Jr is off to a good start to the LLWS/make it to the majors combo as well.


Ah, but whatever happened to the original slayer of the Taiwanese juggernaut, Cody Webster (I think that was his name)?
   19. Tripon Posted: August 20, 2011 at 05:13 AM (#3904628)
My brother and I were watching Huntington Beach play...the other SoCal team (I don't remember) in the California regionals, and Huntington Beach's star player threw six shutout innings with ten strikeouts while going two for two and driving in the game's only runs. It was ridiculous. The kid was Felix Hernandez if Felix Hernandez hit like Babe Ruth. The level of individual dominance you can see in a format like the LLWS is actually kind of exciting, if you ignore the fact that they're, you know, twelve.


You hear stories of scouts already following traveling AUU teams in basketball, and they're 12-13 year old. I'm kinda glad that doesn't happen in baseball. For all the hand wringing about the 'over-exposure' of 12 year old boys on ESPN and ABC, they're still kids and they're loving the fact they're playing in the LLWS. Nothing more, nothing less.
   20. Tuque Posted: August 20, 2011 at 05:28 AM (#3904635)
they're still kids and they're loving the fact they're playing in the LLWS. Nothing more, nothing less.

Yeah. I guess. But I just looked up this kid's stats, and so far in the tournament, he's hitting .353/.429/.529 and pitching with a 14.1 K/9 and a 22/1 K/BB ratio (and of course a 0.00 ERA). So, even taking what you said into account, I still think the Dodgers should sign him immediately.
   21. puck Posted: August 20, 2011 at 05:44 AM (#3904638)
Ah, but whatever happened to the original slayer of the Taiwanese juggernaut, Cody Webster (I think that was his name)?


Here's a recent Seattle PI article. The picture in that article looks nothing like the one in this ESPN story. (Apparently there was a 30 for 30 on the team; I missed it.)
   22. vortex of dissipation Posted: August 20, 2011 at 06:34 AM (#3904648)
Here's a recent Seattle PI article. The picture in that article looks nothing like the one in this ESPN story. (Apparently there was a 30 for 30 on the team; I missed it.)


The PI article is from ten years ago. Guys looks change between 30 and 40...
   23. puck Posted: August 20, 2011 at 06:42 AM (#3904650)
The PI article is from ten years ago. Guys looks change between 30 and 40...


Ha! August 2001, 2011...mystery solved.
   24. flournoy Posted: August 20, 2011 at 07:43 AM (#3904660)
Man. I'm sick as hell, it's 3:40 in the morning, and I look on BBTF and see that my friend Chris Drury retired. What the heck??? It took me a long time to figure out that this was a different guy. I don't even know if my friend's a baseball fan. ####.

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