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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

In His 50th Year with the A’s, Steve Vucinish has a lifetime of tales

“Player requests — or, in some cases, demands — are the bane of any clubhouse manager’s existence. Most are accommodated, including the time Red Sox star Clemens asked for a birthday cake for his wife “in the fifth inning!” Vucinich said. When Carl Yastrzemski and Dwight “Dewey” Evans were with Boston, Coors was unavailable east of the Rockies, so they’d have Vucinich pack the luggage truck full of cases.

“One time a couple of equipment guys in Boston drank half of it when they were unloading it; Yaz and Dewey were so mad,” Vucinich said.

Last year, an A’s player asked Vucinich to send some clubhouse workers to a restaurant in San Francisco to pick up dinner for the player and bring it to the team’s plane when it landed in Oakland. He said a firm no to that one.

Vucinich never minded answering the phone for former A’s All-Star Jose Canseco, though, especially when Canseco was dating pop star Madonna.

“Madonna used to call in to get ahold of me and her code name was Melissa,” Canseco said. “Vuc would have to come tell me, ‘Hey, Jose, you’ve got a phone call from Melissa,’ and we’d all laugh because we knew it was Madonna. He’s probably the greatest clubhouse guy ever.”

Bourbon Samurai, what price fettucine? Posted: April 19, 2017 at 01:00 PM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: athletics, beer, clubhouse, gossip, red sox

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   1. puck Posted: April 20, 2017 at 10:17 AM (#5438798)
Nice article. You only tend to hear about the good ones, though. Wasn't there a guy in Boston who had coke in a player's car or something?

Not the same budget level at all, but the Colorado Rapids MLS team had a real screw up. They were playing a game in El Salvador, and the host team's stadium was in a town about an hour's drive from the hotel in the city. The kit man forgot the "boots" and there wasn't time to go back, so the team ended up playing in borrowed cleats, mostly borrowed from the other team.
   2. dlf Posted: April 20, 2017 at 10:37 AM (#5438817)
I remain amazed that getting Coors east of the plains was a thing back in the 70s. That they made Burt Reynolds movies just about it boggles my mind. What need did Coors fill that Hamms or Schmidts or Dixie or (insert thin pilsner here) not?
   3. Batman Posted: April 20, 2017 at 10:45 AM (#5438831)
This boingboing post links to a Time article from 1974 (which is behind a paywall) that says this about Coors:
Gerald Ford had a case of it tucked away in his luggage when he returned to Washington last month from a vice-presidential skiing trip to Colorado. President Eisenhower had his own steady supply airlifted to the White House aboard an Air Force plane. Actor Paul Newman refuses to be seen drinking any other brand on the screen. Until a court made him stop, Frederick Amon, 24, used to drive a refrigerated truckload every week from Denver to Charlotte, N.C., where he sold it to restaurants and country clubs for as much as $1 a can, better than triple the retail price of about $1.50 a sixpack.

The object of that foaming frenzy is Coors Banquet Beer, brewed from the waters of the 70 to 80 springs around Golden, Colo., 15 miles west of Denver. Unlike most U.S. beers, Coors contains no preservatives or stabilizers and is not pasteurized; if left unrefrigerated and allowed to get warm, it will spoil in a week. It is probably the only beer that is kept cold from the brewery to the customer. But its lack of additives and its brewing process greatly enhance its taste. For many connoisseurs, Coors is the Château Haut-Brion of American beers.
   4. Bote Man Posted: April 20, 2017 at 10:56 AM (#5438848)
He's in his 50th year with the Athletics, yet most of the stories in TFE are about Red Sox players? WTH??

No, I did not RTFA.
   5. Bourbon Samurai, what price fettucine? Posted: April 20, 2017 at 11:21 AM (#5438867)
He's in his 50th year with the Athletics, yet most of the stories in TFE are about Red Sox players? WTH??

I just picked that excerpt because I thought people would enjoy the beer.

TFA has some fun stuff about Joe Dimmaggio from his time as an A's coach
   6. Batman Posted: April 20, 2017 at 11:28 AM (#5438873)
I'd watch a movie where Burt Reynolds had 28 hours to pick up some Coors from a Walmart that's three miles away.
   7. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: April 20, 2017 at 11:30 AM (#5438875)
For many connoisseurs, Coors is the Château Haut-Brion of American beers.

Wow. Things really sucked in the '70s.
   8. GGC Posted: April 20, 2017 at 11:52 AM (#5438895)
Coors has a creamier taste than some of the other mass produced beers like Miller or Bud. Coors Light is beer flavored water.
   9. dlf Posted: April 20, 2017 at 11:55 AM (#5438900)
Coors Light is beer flavored water.

I like the description - it's like sex on a boat: f*cking near water.
   10. Nasty Nate Posted: April 20, 2017 at 12:02 PM (#5438906)
“One time a couple of equipment guys in Boston drank half of it when they were unloading it; Yaz and Dewey were so mad,” Vucinich said.
I didn't know Wade Boggs was an equipment guy at Fenway before he was a pro player.

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