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Monday, February 11, 2013

Rumors by John D’Acquisto

There was no escaping the clubhouse whispers, the front office gossip, the waiver wire chatter and America’s hottest band in 1977.

djordan Posted: February 11, 2013 at 10:56 AM | 38 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Esoteric Posted: February 11, 2013 at 02:16 PM (#4367121)
These D'Acquisito memoir-articles (a few others have been posted around here) are always a lot of fun. Worth reading.
   2. SG Posted: February 11, 2013 at 02:26 PM (#4367127)
Agreed, very interesting read.
   3. Dan Lee prefers good shortstops to great paintings Posted: February 11, 2013 at 02:40 PM (#4367137)
Hear the one about tina, some say she's much too loose
Came straight from Colin Farrell, claims he's tastin' her juice
Hear the one about Piazza, some say he must be gay
I try to argue, but they said if he was straight he wouldn't move that way
Hear the one about Smitty, some say he don't like pants
On the internet he's six feet tall, he sits there in a trance.

Stop (Stop) spreadin' Mike Crudale around
Stop (Stop) spreadin' Paul Kilgus
   4. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 11, 2013 at 02:44 PM (#4367140)
I love behind-the-scenes stuff like this. I wish more former players and GMs would write this kind of stuff.

Here's his no-hitter.
   5. Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: February 11, 2013 at 02:59 PM (#4367149)
Fun read. Rumours references are fine by me.
   6. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: February 11, 2013 at 03:01 PM (#4367150)
Here's his no-hitter.

Doesn't look like he had great command.
   7. esseff Posted: February 11, 2013 at 03:26 PM (#4367159)
The gossip coming from the league office is not like a Peter Gammons baseball notes article; the chatter was always true.


Zing
   8. spycake Posted: February 11, 2013 at 03:30 PM (#4367160)
Another awesome D'Acquisto piece. Hope he's collecting them into a book or something, this stuff is almost too good just to sit at "Instream Sports".

(Wonder if anyone ever used the phrase "D'Acquisto D'Acquired" in a headline announcing one of his transactions?)
   9. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: February 11, 2013 at 03:31 PM (#4367162)
Also, hanging out at the Playboy Club with Keith Hernandez in 1976...I bet that wasn't boring. I bet John D may be leaving a few details out of that story.
   10. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 11, 2013 at 03:35 PM (#4367164)
Really odd that his agent was negotiating a mult-year deal for him without his knowledge.
   11. phredbird Posted: February 11, 2013 at 03:36 PM (#4367166)
this was neat! i remember being so frustrated with the cards in the mid to late 70s. all these good players cycling through and nothing to show for it. i hated vern rapp.

one of the details that really stood out: he had no phone in his apt. when he was with the giants. that is so strange. times were different.
   12. salvomania Posted: February 11, 2013 at 04:06 PM (#4367210)
“You’re about to be traded to the St. Louis Cardinals,” she said with a smile that wasn’t sure of itself. Riding shotgun in my car, I adored the perfectly winged flip of her jet black hair that would make Jacklyn Smith fire her stylist in a jealous rage.

She should know. She was Chub Feeney’s secretary, the president of National League.


That was back when Chub Feeney's secretary was one of the two or three most powerful people in MLB.
   13. Perry Posted: February 11, 2013 at 04:26 PM (#4367233)
Another good one from D'Acquisto. I was actually there at that game in St. Louis when he was removed while pitching a no-hitter.
   14. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: February 11, 2013 at 05:08 PM (#4367255)
Riding shotgun in my car, I adored the perfectly winged flip of her jet black hair that would make Jacklyn Smith fire her stylist in a jealous rage.


Who was riding shotgun in D'Acquisto's car -- him or the secretary? Remember, kids: Friends don't let friends dangle modifiers.
   15. McCoy Posted: February 11, 2013 at 05:16 PM (#4367258)
one of the details that really stood out: he had no phone in his apt. when he was with the giants. that is so strange. times were different.

Hey, I have no phone in my apartment either.
   16. jack the seal clubber (on the sidelines of life) Posted: February 11, 2013 at 05:16 PM (#4367259)
The Velvet Turtle? Sounds more 1960s.
   17. The Chronicles of Reddick Posted: February 11, 2013 at 05:52 PM (#4367283)
I remember there being a Velvet Turtle in Menlo Park off Sand Hill Rd in the 1980's. I think its a Long Drugs now.
   18. phredbird Posted: February 11, 2013 at 06:02 PM (#4367296)
one of the details that really stood out: he had no phone in his apt. when he was with the giants. that is so strange. times were different.

Hey, I have no phone in my apartment either.


come to think of it, neither do i. but i did in 1976. if i didn't, my mom wouldn't have been able to call me to tell me to get out of her basement.
   19. Steve Treder Posted: February 11, 2013 at 06:15 PM (#4367304)
Doesn't look like he had great command.

When healthy, D'Acquisto, as the old saying goes, could throw a strawberry through a locomotive. The difficulty was in hitting the locomotive.
   20. Don Geovany Soto (chris h.) Posted: February 11, 2013 at 06:31 PM (#4367312)
Wow, that was a terrific read. The guy can really write.

He's just GOT to collect these in a book. Instabuy.
   21. Greg K Posted: February 11, 2013 at 06:42 PM (#4367321)
I told Keith I would pick him up at the airport

Well it's not helping him move, but that's a big step.
   22. The Id of SugarBear Blanks Posted: February 11, 2013 at 06:43 PM (#4367325)
I drove the 101 from the Mark Hopkins to Carmel on my honeymoon. That's one spectacular drive.
   23. The Id of SugarBear Blanks Posted: February 11, 2013 at 07:10 PM (#4367343)
“Hold on a second, that’s just crazy,” I chimed in. Vern Rapp, meet John D’Acquisto. “We need an outlet after a day’s work.”

“Well, not in my house,” Rapp snapped.

“I didn’t know your name was Hilton,” I said, “Is your last name Hilton?”


That's just all kinds of awesome.
   24. Perry Posted: February 11, 2013 at 07:11 PM (#4367346)
come to think of it, neither do i. but i did in 1976.


I didn't in 1976, when I was a 21-year-old college student. Anything to save a few bucks. Used to walk a few blocks to a pay phone in a reasonably quiet location for my weekly (collect) call to my parents.
   25. The Id of SugarBear Blanks Posted: February 11, 2013 at 07:12 PM (#4367348)
Cutting off the hotel bar while spending spring training days sipping cold Buds.

Now there's managin'.
   26. Steve Treder Posted: February 11, 2013 at 08:15 PM (#4367386)
I drove the 101 from the Mark Hopkins to Carmel on my honeymoon. That's one spectacular drive.

I'm pretty sure you didn't drive the 101. You drove Highway 1.
   27. KT's Pot Arb Posted: February 11, 2013 at 08:33 PM (#4367399)
I hope I never miss one of these, John's awesome.
   28. Shoebo Posted: February 11, 2013 at 09:51 PM (#4367454)
Most Walks per 9 , minimum 500 IP

Rk           Player BB/9  SO/9 SO/BB     IP   BB  SO  ERA ERAHR HBP BK WP                      Tm
1    Mitch Williams 7.08  8.59  1.21  691.1  544 660 3.65  111 49  52 24 44 TEX
-CHC-PHI-HOU-CAL-KCR
2       Tommy Byrne 6.85  5.06  0.74 1362.0 1037 766 4.11   97 98  85  4 28             NYY
-TOT-SLB
3    John DAcquisto 6.28  6.93  1.10  779.2  544 600 4.56   80 52  19  5 56     SFG
-TOT-SDP-CAL-OAK
4        Mark Clear 6.20  9.00  1.45  804.1  554 804 3.85  109 60  35  8 49             BOS
-MIL-CAL
5        Rex Barney 6.17  5.06  0.82  597.2  410 336 4.31   92 48  15  4 21                     BRO
6     Carlos Marmol 6.03 11.73  1.94  514.2  345 671 3.38  129 39  46  6 28                     CHC
7        Herb Score 6.01  8.78  1.46  858.1  573 837 3.36  118 79   7  2 55                 CLE
-CHW 


(Gotta love Mitch...on top of the walks and WP, look at all the balks...lol)


Highest walk per 9 single season, minimum 100 IP.

Rk             Player BB/9    IP  SO/9 SO/BB Year  Tm  BB  SO  ERA ERAHR HBP GDP SB CS
1         Tommy Byrne 9.40 143.2  4.45  0.47 1951 TOT 150  71 4.26  102  5  15  16  7  4
2          Bobby Witt 8.81 143.0 10.07  1.14 1987 TEX 140 160 4.91   91 10   3  10 44  2
3      John DAcquisto 8.66 106.0  4.50  0.52 1976 SFG 102  53 5.35   68  5   3   8 12  7
4    Mickey McDermott 8.58 130.0  6.65  0.77 1950 BOS 124  96 5.19   95  8   2  12  0  4
5         Tommy Byrne 8.22 196.0  5.92  0.72 1949 NYY 179 129 3.72  109 11  13  12  7  3
6         Bob Wiesler 8.20 123.0  3.59  0.44 1956 WSH 112  49 6.44   65 11   3  20  4  5
7          Bobby Witt 8.16 157.2  9.93  1.22 1986 TEX 143 174 5.48   79 18   3   6 46  4
8     Jesse Jefferson 7.96 115.1  5.54  0.70 1975 TOT 102  71 4.92   79 11   2   7 15  8
9          Roy Golden 7.81 148.2  4.90  0.63 1911 STL 129  81 5.02   67  6             5
10        Johnny Gray 7.80 105.0  4.37  0.56 1954 PHA  91  51 6.51   60 10   0  12  6  4
11     Mitch Williams 7.79 108.2 10.68  1.37 1987 TEX  94 129 3.23  139  9   7   8  6 11
12         Eric Plunk 7.63 120.1  7.33  0.96 1986 OAK 102  98 5.31   73 14   5  13 17  7 



Can kinda see why Rigney was so grouchy. That would drive a manager nuts. Man amazing Bobby Witt managed to do as well as he did his first couple of years in Texas...not only did he walk the world, but everybody stole on him too. He managed to be a league avg starter the next 10 years though 1988-1997....95 ERA+, 181 IP per year, and a 105-112 record. Pretty nasty decline though.
   29. asinwreck Posted: February 11, 2013 at 09:57 PM (#4367459)
Looking forward to the Tusk chapter of his career. Mirage? Not so much.
   30. Esoteric Posted: February 11, 2013 at 10:04 PM (#4367464)
D'Acquisto could use an editor -- his stuff is a bit too rambling and loosey-goosey, and there are some awkwardly-constructed sentences.

But that's really just about it. Otherwise, his articles are absolutely stuffed with all sorts of fun, fascinating (and sometimes enlightening) anecdotes, and they really do take you to a place where typical sports journalism is usually incapable of going: inside the head of an actual veteran baseball player.
   31. Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: February 12, 2013 at 12:22 AM (#4367574)
I love reading about the difference between managers in handling a team's off-field stuff. Ball Four was good for that, like the manager who levied a $200 fine on a player he saw hang-gliding.
   32. Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: February 12, 2013 at 12:25 AM (#4367577)
As for Rapp and the hotel bar, cue Casey Stengel: "They can't drink there because I drink there."
   33. Mike Webber Posted: February 12, 2013 at 12:31 AM (#4367580)
It's kind of like Dirk Hayhurst, only from 35 years ago.
I would also buy this in book format, someone within the publishing industry, HINT HINT!
   34. KJOK Posted: February 12, 2013 at 10:47 AM (#4367687)
His articles are certainly great, although like anyone he probably mis-remembers some details of conversations.

“Pheasant Run is the place to be,” Keith assured me in between beer sips, “Near U of M. A lot of stewardesses there. College girls, too.“

Stewardesses yes, but there's no U of M or college really near Pheasant Run. Bob Gibson lived there during the season, along with Hernandez and probably half the Cardinal team.

   35. djordan Posted: February 12, 2013 at 11:18 AM (#4367713)
@ KJOK, just to clarify, they were talking about UMSL (Missouri-St. Louis), which is about 11 miles from Pheasant Run. It was a throwaway quote, but I probably should have pointed that in the final edit/review.
   36. KJOK Posted: February 12, 2013 at 01:07 PM (#4367884)
@ jdodan - I assumed they were talking about UMSL, but I wouldn't think any UMSL co-eds would be living in Pheasant Run - or in other words, it was definitely not a college apartment complex. At the time it was fairly new, and fairly expensive, and not THAT close that it would house many students.

   37. spycake Posted: February 12, 2013 at 03:46 PM (#4368105)
"College girls, too" may have just been referring to the location's general proximity to college girls, not necessarily their immediate presence in Pheasant Run. Any way you look at it, that's very important info for a ballplayer.
   38. Don Geovany Soto (chris h.) Posted: February 12, 2013 at 04:17 PM (#4368144)
Yeah, I sort of assumed it meant a lot of them in nearby bars, or whatever.

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