He was a tough guy, at times brutally tough, like the day he wrapped his huge hands around a sportswriter’s throat and shoved him against a locker. There’s no way Frank ever intended to hurt the guy because he easily could have snapped the guy’s neck into six pieces. He just wanted to get a point across.
Frank was unafraid to confront teammates for their mistakes. He would challenge an opposing pitcher in a moment. Fans want players to care about as much as they care. No player I’ve ever known cared more than Frank. No player was as intolerant of players who didn’t.
...During his National League days, he had some hellish battles with Don Drysdale. Don would throw one at Frank’s head. Frank would get up and slap one off the wall.
One day, some of us in the media were asking Frank about the best pitchers ever ever faced.
Juan Marichal? “Killed him,” Frank said.
Bob Gibson? “Killed him,” Frank Said.
Don Drysdale? “Killed him,” Frank said.
Sandy Koufax? “Killed him,” Frank said. “Wait. You said Koufax? No one killed him, and if they said they did, they’re lying.”
Posted: April 24, 2012 at 04:13 PM | 26 comment(s)
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