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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Shawn Green to play for Israel in World Baseball Classic

Shawn Green enjoyed quite the professional baseball career: In 13 seasons, he clubbed 328 home runs, drove in 1,070 runs, batted .283, was a two-time All-Star and retired in 2007 holding or sharing seven Major League records. The former Dodger also twice refused to play on Yom Kippur.

He isn’t finished yet. Green now will come out of retirement to play for Team Israel in the World Baseball Classic (WBC) qualifiers in November, according to team manager Brad Ausmus. Green is eligible because Diaspora Jews can play for Israel.

“It would be an honor,” Green said in 2011, referring to playing for Israel. “If it fit into my life situation, I’d love to do it.”

Thanks to Ike.

Repoz Posted: May 24, 2012 at 04:13 PM | 16 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 24, 2012 at 05:03 PM (#4139547)
“It would be an honor,”....“If it fit into my life situation, I’d love to do it.”


This needs to become a meme.
   2. Guapo Posted: May 24, 2012 at 05:13 PM (#4139553)
This needs to become a meme.


The risk of potential litigation from the people behind the Whitey Herzog meme is too great.
   3. Dick Pound Gets Off On Technicalities Posted: May 24, 2012 at 05:26 PM (#4139566)
Yesterday was the 10 year anniversary of Shawn Green hitting 4 home runs against the Brewers.

4 home run game link.


Edit: Interestingly enough, Cesar Izturis led off and played shortstop for the Dodgers.
   4. Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: May 24, 2012 at 05:35 PM (#4139575)
This needs to become a meme.
If it fits...
   5. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: May 24, 2012 at 05:43 PM (#4139578)
For those who are curious (like me), here are the 7 records that Green holds or is tied for according to Wikipedia:

Most home runs in a game (4)
Most extra base hits in a game (5)
Most total bases in a game (19)
Most runs scored in a game (6)
Most home runs in two consecutive games (5)
Most home runs in three consecutive games (7)
Most consecutive home runs (4)

He gets a lot of mileage out of that 4 HR game, but he followed it up with 3 HR in the next two games. He also hit 2 HR two days before, for 9 HR in 5 games. I would be surprised if that is not also a record.
   6. The Long Arm of Rudy Law Posted: May 24, 2012 at 07:54 PM (#4139669)
He gets a lot of mileage out of that 4 HR game


His most recent Twitter post agrees:

I'm getting more mileage out of that one day in Milwaukee than the other couple of thousand games combined!
   7. shoewizard Posted: May 24, 2012 at 09:09 PM (#4139703)
He was a pretty darn good ballplayer from age 25-29, and his defense wasn't terrible back then...more or less average.

Too bad about the shoulder injury. Cost him 100 homers probably.

   8. Tripon Posted: May 24, 2012 at 09:59 PM (#4139729)
A year or two before Green got traded from the Dodgers, the LA Times was doing a story on steroid use in baseball. So one of the Times reporters walks up to Green and asks him point blank if he used before. Green in response just pulls of his shirt, and rubs his belly and said a skinny guy like him couldn't even put on the pounds of muscle if he tried.
   9. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: May 24, 2012 at 10:18 PM (#4139741)
I took a day off the day of Green's 4 HR game while in living in Milwaukee, some friends and I (we all had a 40 pack at Miller Park) and yet we didn't have tickets to this game, and we went to play golf instead. The only upside of missing this game, was shooting a 75 at a pretty tough track.
   10. Snowboy Posted: May 25, 2012 at 04:57 AM (#4139835)
I liked Shawn Green, so I'm not saying the article is a bad one.
But that story, mrams, is better than the OP.
   11. Cloude Atlas (Voxter) Posted: May 25, 2012 at 05:43 AM (#4139838)
False. There is no such thing as a good golf story.
   12. shoewizard Posted: May 25, 2012 at 05:50 AM (#4139841)
False. There is no such thing as a good golf story.


Would you rather hear about his fantasy team ?
   13. Gamingboy Posted: May 25, 2012 at 09:34 AM (#4139884)
I'm getting more mileage out of that one day in Milwaukee than the other couple of thousand games combined!


He's self-aware.
   14. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: May 25, 2012 at 10:06 AM (#4139910)
Nine HRs in five games is ridiculous.
   15. Adam Starblind Posted: May 25, 2012 at 12:32 PM (#4140030)
I took a day off the day of Green's 4 HR game while in living in Milwaukee, some friends and I (we all had a 40 pack at Miller Park) and yet we didn't have tickets to this game, and we went to play golf instead. The only upside of missing this game, was shooting a 75 at a pretty tough track.


Took me several reads to understand that you weren't saying that you and your friends each drank an enormous amount of beer.
   16. Swedish Chef Posted: May 25, 2012 at 12:40 PM (#4140035)
He's self-aware.

He wrote a book about self-awareness...

Perfect for a semi-religious Jewish casual baseball fan in search of a Zen-lite guidebook…or maybe just Blue Jay, Dodger, Met and Diamondback fans who remember Green’s playing days fondly.

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