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Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Pearlman: Ellis Valentine: addiction, life after sports & the beanball that changed his life

White Light/White Heat/White Rat goin’ messin’ up my mind.

JP: May 30th, 1980, you’re playing the St. Louis Cardinals, you’re hit in the head by Roy Thomas and a fractured cheekbone …

EV: By a manager, probably, and I do believe this to this day that I was probably intentionally thrown at because pitchers do do that; people try to sit here and say the ball just got away. Sorry; excuse my language. That’s bullcrap, ok? They don’t just get away. They don’t hit little .220 hitters and .215 hitters, no punch-and-judy hitters, no base-hit hitters. They hit power hitters, pitchers do, and it’s obvious. I didn’t want to cut your thought off, but that’s what happened in St. Louis. I believe that to this day. If Whitey Herzog wants to get on it, he might tell the truth one day, but he wasn’t really a fan of mine anyway cuz he just thought I was supplying his team with drugs when I wasn’t.

JP: Well there’s a loaded answer to a question.

EV: Well I’m just telling you this is real. This is real stuff. It’s documented stuff. I’m just telling you what I went through. I got thrown at. I believe I was throw at intentionally. I just feel that in my heart.

Repoz Posted: December 04, 2013 at 06:36 AM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Tubbs Posted: December 04, 2013 at 12:57 PM (#4610457)
I remember in Herzog's book that he called Montreal something like "the drug capital of North America" and that it was easy to score and guys who were using would be there in body but not in spirit. I also remember reading somewhere that one of the Cards' infielders yelled at his pitcher for beaning his dealer.
   2. shea80 Posted: December 04, 2013 at 01:16 PM (#4610474)
Ken Boyer was the Cardinals' manager the day Valentine was hit. Herzog took over the team a couple of weeks later.
   3. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: December 04, 2013 at 01:17 PM (#4610476)

good catch

   4. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: December 04, 2013 at 01:37 PM (#4610495)
Ken Boyer was the Cardinals' manager the day Valentine was hit. Herzog took over the team a couple of weeks later.

Too bad Pearlman didn't check bb-ref before the interview. That could have been awkward and fun.
   5. KT's Pot Arb Posted: December 05, 2013 at 12:31 AM (#4610923)
Too bad Pearlman didn't check bb-ref before the interview. That could have been awkward and fun.

Technically he didn't say Whitey was the manager. He said it was intentional by "the manager". Whitey was GM at the time, so he could be implying that Whitey ordered the manager to do it.

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