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Monday, March 25, 2013

Pudge Rodriguez on his all-time pitching staff, Steve Bartman’s whereabouts

Jack Morris…screwed again!

Rodriguez on the five starting pitchers from any era that he’d pick for his starting rotation:

Nolan Ryan, Justin Verlander, Stephen Strasburg, Randy Johnson and David Cone.

Rodriguez on Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS when Cubs fan Steve Bartman attempted to snag a foul ball that prevented Cubs left fielder Moises Alou from making the grab for the second out of the eighth inning:

“That wasn’t the game there. … Chicago fans always think that it was his fault. For us, it was great. He had a lot of trouble in Chicago and he couldn’t go on the streets, (so) we bring him to Florida. I’m not kidding. (Morgan: “Did you give him a ring?”) Yeah. He was a firefighter. They fired him from his job and all that, and I say, ‘Poor guy.’ This is a true story. What we did is contact the guy and we moved the guy to Florida. He lives in Florida right now. He works in the same job in Florida. He’s a fireman over there. We got a home for him and he lives a normal life.”

On negotiating his own deal in 1997 with Rangers team president Tom Schieffer because he didn’t want to get traded to the Yankees:

“This is the best place to play baseball. (The fans) are there every day supporting the team. That’s the reason I made my decision. For me it wasn’t a hard decision because I wasn’t going through a good time. I wasn’t focused on baseball (because of the contract). I was driving everyone crazy in my house. … I didn’t want to go (to New York). Too many yellow taxis there. I had a good home and Texas is a nice place to be. So I signed. … I think that was one of the best decisions I ever made.”

Repoz Posted: March 25, 2013 at 08:38 PM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Spahn Insane Posted: March 25, 2013 at 08:59 PM (#4396367)
Thought Bartman was an accountant, but I suppose the fireman angle makes for a better story.
   2. McCoy Posted: March 25, 2013 at 09:15 PM (#4396380)
By all other accounts this story has to be a joke. Bartman story that is.
   3. Mess with the Meat, you get the Wad! Posted: March 25, 2013 at 09:17 PM (#4396383)
Um pretty sure it's been confirmed that he still lives in chicago. also, really no maddux? but verlander and cone, and strasburg
   4. McCoy Posted: March 25, 2013 at 09:18 PM (#4396387)
If you do a people search on the internet you won't find any Steve Bartmans living in Florida at any time but you will find one of about the right age living in NE Illinois.

Would be pretty funny though if some fireman approached Loria and folks to take the credit for Bartman and got a new job and home out of it.
   5. Sonic Youk Posted: March 25, 2013 at 09:33 PM (#4396398)
That story is complete bs. You can't get fired from firefighting for catching a baseball. Right?
   6. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 25, 2013 at 09:43 PM (#4396406)

Thought Bartman was an accountant, but I suppose the fireman angle makes for a better story.


I thought in "Catching Hell" they said he was in IT. The writer in that story was able to track him down and he still lived in the Chicago area.

But yea, I think Pudge was joking.
   7. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: March 25, 2013 at 09:47 PM (#4396415)
[3] Pudge never caught Maddux.
   8. McCoy Posted: March 25, 2013 at 09:56 PM (#4396420)
Bartman worked for Hewitt in 2003 and according to an article still worked for them in Chicago in 2011 though it is now Aon Hewitt and they are a consulting firm.
   9. zonk Posted: March 25, 2013 at 10:12 PM (#4396425)
Maybe Pudge read about it in the fake books in his fake library....
   10. Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in October Posted: March 25, 2013 at 10:39 PM (#4396439)
Maybe Pudge read about it in the fake books in his fake library....

Ah, the famous Great Book Spines of the Western World!

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