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Tuesday, August 31, 2021

My Prerogative: Dave Parker and the 1989 Oakland A’s

My average at the end of April was around .194. Hadn’t hit a dinger in weeks. The reporters started getting on my manager, Tony La Russa. “What will you do with Parker?” “Is Sandy looking around the league for a bat?”  “How much time are you going to give him to turn it around?”

I had ears. Knew where the clock was in the room. 

Tick-tock-tick-tock-tick-tock….

“How long will you start Parker?”  La Russa didn’t bat an eye.

“September 1. That’s my answer.”  The man stuck with me through the depths of my slump.

djordan Posted: August 31, 2021 at 06:56 AM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: dave parker, mlb, oakland a's

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   1. Jose Canusee Posted: August 31, 2021 at 10:04 PM (#6037570)
Good read, didn't remember him struggling in Oakland early in the season. Remember watching him take grounders at SS before a home game once, but in one of his rare OF appearances (in LF rather than RF as with the Pirates) turning the wrong way on a flyball over his head.
   2. cardsfanboy Posted: September 01, 2021 at 11:42 AM (#6037665)
Good read


Understatement... Fantastic read.
   3. Tubbs is Bobby Grich when he flys off the handle Posted: September 01, 2021 at 12:43 PM (#6037678)
Outstanding. Cobra was an excellent book & these extra chapters are a delight as well.
   4. David Nieporent (now, with children) Posted: September 01, 2021 at 02:23 PM (#6037707)
My average at the end of April was around .194. Hadn’t hit a dinger in weeks.
Fact check: true!
   5. Harmon "Thread Killer" Microbrew Posted: September 01, 2021 at 04:51 PM (#6037773)
I have enjoyed these chapters immensely.

Question for anyone who has read the whole book: Does every chapter contain so many "But that's a story for another time"-type statements?
   6. Tubbs is Bobby Grich when he flys off the handle Posted: September 01, 2021 at 07:09 PM (#6037825)
Question for anyone who has read the whole book: Does every chapter contain so many "But that's a story for another time"-type statements?

I read Cobra, it’s an excellent book. There’s not too many “but that’s a story for another time” statements. The times he uses it here are things he doesn’t want to repeat that he touched on in the book: getting the intense Blyleven fired up during the 79 playoffs, partying at the clubs during his Pirate days, facing Reuschel when he was pitching for the Cubs. The only times I remember he uses it in the book are when he touches on something but doesn’t want to tell someone else’s story like about the Pete Rose gambling story he said “that’s someone else’s story to tell.”
   7. sunday silence (again) Posted: September 01, 2021 at 09:57 PM (#6037875)
One of the most baffling careers to look at. He goes 12 seasons of being barely above replacement and in the middle has this 5 WAR season at age 34 who does that? Winfield had a season like that I guess. But like how was even employable at that pt?

In Pittsburgh when he started to go downhill it seemed to me everyone pitched him away and he was always tapping out weakly to the left side. It was the same drill on every at bat.

   8. The Duke Posted: September 01, 2021 at 11:24 PM (#6037908)
What great stuff and it’s nice to keep seeing the love for LaRussa who is one of the best ever.

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