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Saturday, December 07, 2019

How Chris Archer, complete with a 5-plus ERA, is setting an example everybody can follow

COMPTON, Calif. — A five ERA will bring you to places, man. A five ERA kicks and spits and leaves jagged marks in places you didn’t even know existed. A five ERA finds you laying rage on top of helplessness on top of hesitation, finds you throwing straight through your shoulder while giving chase to shadows, finds you in that place and looking for footprints that match your shoe size, wondering how you got there.

Chris Archer is working on that.

He’d tied back his dreadlocks with a headband. He wore a gray Pittsburgh Pirates jersey, No. 24. Someone handed him a microphone.

He looked up Saturday afternoon into bleachers spattered by a morning rain, into the faces of little boys and girls in Dodgers caps and Angels shorts and Raiders shirts, and he told them that’s how baseball goes sometimes. That’s how life goes.


QLE Posted: December 07, 2019 at 10:14 PM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Cris E Posted: December 08, 2019 at 09:32 PM (#5906919)
I like to think I'd be that kind of major leaguer if given the chance, but I'm not really that kind of DBA today so it's pretty unlikely. That sort of highlights how special this effort is, I guess.
   2. base ball chick Posted: December 08, 2019 at 10:54 PM (#5906940)
he is teh awesomeness

instead of throwing a party/playing golf to get everyone else to give money to his "charity" he actually goes out there and DOES something to help the kidz
   3. Howie Menckel Posted: December 08, 2019 at 11:26 PM (#5906943)
Archer is the real deal.

he's never been a great pitcher, and I doubt that he'll ever again be a good one. but there are enough Hall of Famers who are awful people.

I'd rather be Archer.
   4. Blastin Posted: December 09, 2019 at 08:46 AM (#5906980)
I'd rather be Archer

He's doing that real work.
   5. Der-K: at 10% emotional investment Posted: December 09, 2019 at 09:51 AM (#5907001)
One of the only big leaguers I've met (he's from my part of the country) - this was when he was a minor leaguer - seemed like a really nice guy.
   6. sotapop Posted: December 09, 2019 at 01:36 PM (#5907123)
We met him a couple of times at Rays events. Before one game there was a line of ~150 kids trying to get his autograph. He didn't just sit there like a machine, signing baseballs; he talked a bit with every kid. (Signed stuff right up to game time.)

When my son got through the line, he saw my son's "Kiermaier" jersey. He said, joking, "Who's got the better arm, me or Kiermaier?" And when my kid got all flustered, Archer smiled a mile wide and said he was just kidding around and got my little guy laughing.

He also was very kind to friends of mine whose son was in St. Pete at the children's hospital fighting cancer. Signed stuff, sent him a video message and such.
First-class human being, and when he still had the plus fastball and slider, was a very good pitcher. Always wished the Rays had moved him to a closer/relief spot because his skinny body just couldn't handle all those innings. (BBref has him at 195; that's at least 20 pounds too high.)

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