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Tuesday, August 14, 2007


R.I.P. Scooter 


Phil Rizzuto 剛剛過世,他的背號是 10 號,在 8/4/1985 被 Yankees 退休,那一天剛好是 Tom Seaver 的三百勝 (Seaver 是 White Sox 的先發,在 Yankee Stadium 出賽 Yankees)。他在 1994 被 Veteran Committee 選入名人堂,有不少人質疑他的成績不足以進去。Bill James 曾經在書裡討論過這件事情,由於今天他剛過世,這裡就先跳過不談了。

Rizzuto 十三個球季都在 Yankees,球員生涯結束後他成為 Yankees 的播報員,最初跟傳奇的 Mel Allen 一起工作,到後來他自己也成為傳奇。Roger Maris 的第六十一隻全壘打是他播報的,Chris Chambliss 的 1976 年那隻贏得 ALCS 的全壘打也是他播報的(如果不記得那隻全壘打,也許你曾經看過滿場的球迷跑進 Yankee Stadium,然後 Chambliss 很辛苦的跑回本壘的鏡頭,那就是了。The Bronx Is Burning 這個影集第一集剛開始的時候有那隻全壘打的歷史影片剪接)。

Scooter 今年缺席 Old Timers Day,只留了個訊息給球迷,可能就是因為身體狀況不適合出席。如果是這樣的話,那麼他過世大概對於 Yankees 來講不至於太意外,球團跟記者很可能都知道情況,只是這種身體的事情是隱私,他自己不說,沒有人應該幫他公開。

Rizzuto 有個很好的勵志故事。當他年輕的時候去 Casey Stengel 的 Dodgers 測試身手希望能夠加入球隊,據他說 Stengel 跟他講:

"Listen, kid, you better go and get yourself a shoeshine box. That is the only way you'll make a living."

Rizzuto 是個個子矮小的義大利後裔,守備位置是游擊手。在 Cal Ripken Jr. 之前游擊手個子都矮小,守備是最重要的事情,沒有幾個人能夠打得好。不過 Rizzuto 即使以那個時代的標準來看也太小了點,他的身高大約是 5 呎 6 吋而已。他當時當然受到很深的打擊。結果他沒有多久以後接到了 Yankees 的邀請參加他們的測試營,有不錯的表現並且簽下了合約。他的 Yankee 生涯中參與了九次 World Series,拿到了七次冠軍。關於這段話到底是不是 Stengel 講的,Steven Goldman 在他寫的 Stengel 傳記裡面有考據過,據他講很難說。人的記憶是很不保險的事情,我聽過好多老球員說得活靈活現,回頭去查 boxscore 發現全然不是那回事。我們把那段話就當作是故事看,責怪 Casey Stengel 有眼無珠就大可不必了。

Scooter 常常在廣播的時候談他喜歡吃的義大利食物和甜點,61* 這部電影就抓到了一點,他會停下 play-by-play 的播報然後跟聽眾講他昨天吃的 lasagna 如何好吃,哪一家的 cannoli 又是如何美味(剛好都是我最喜歡的食物)。他非常討厭塞車,而他家住在 New Jersey,必須從 George Washington Bridge 出城。有的時候他甚至會在球賽結束前就溜走,即使待到比賽完他也會迅速離開球場。

回頭想想,他能夠在天賦有限的情況下有這麼成功的一個人生,實在是很令人讚嘆。

Holy Cow! May you rest in heaven, Scooter.

Comments:
當看到 Yankees 為 A-Rod 慶祝第五百支全壘打而在揭開記念牌搞出烏龍的同時,第一個讓我反射到的就是 08/04/1985 Scooter 被那隻 "Holy Cow" 撞倒的畫面,正想說好久沒有聽到 Scooter 的消息,短短半天之後竟然得到的是噩耗。
 
Just got home from the Yankees game.... got creamed... -_-"

What do you think about the kid Markaikis? Watched him play in person for the first time today.... not much power yet.... but very fluid and athletic.... reminds me of maybe a CF version of Alex Rios.

Take care,

Wilson
 
The most interesting comparison these two season regarding Markakis is

Melky Cabrera vs. Nick Markakis

Rios had a huge jump between age 24-25 seasons. I'm not sure how persistent that will be, so it's better not to discuss him.

It's important to know when to shut up for things you don't know.

Steven Goldman discussed the Cabrera-Markakis comparison and the jury will be out next year too. Stay tuned.
 
小時候還不知什麼是 MLB 時, 就被他的聲音所吸引, 是在 "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" 這首流行歌中的球賽播報. 直到網際網路開始流行之後, 才知道此聲音大有來頭, 這是來自於 Rizzuto.
 
I was never a fan of Meat Loaf, but that song was interesting
 
CCLU,

Melky! Almost forgot about him... I know, I know, I always get a bit too excited about the young players....

Anyways, are you still at Columbia?

Take care,

Wilson
 
Nope, graduated.
 
Carmen E. Angelini這位CCLU大熟嗎?

他是洋基第十輪選上 不過簽約金破百萬?

似乎是很值得期待的新人?
 
C大~剛剛洋基官網公佈了簽約的新聞
"Yankees sign top pick Brackman"
針對這些部份!C大可以發表些意見嘛?這位Brackman從成績看起來似乎好像感覺上有點貴耶??
 
Angelini 本來大家以為都會去Rice所以掉到 round 10, 他是ss/3b . 如果不是因為可能去rice的話大概會前兩輪吧.

as for Brackman, 我也覺得好貴, 但只能說去年此時很多人也不覺得Kennedy / Joba 這兩個pick有多好. (一個沒celing一個沒健康) still though, if he pans out it's worth it. but it's very high risk .

今天這場真可惜, 沒那個失誤就變成超級好看的bottom 9th, 2 on 2 out walk off HR 了orz. at least Edwar pitched awsome
 
Melky Cabrera is definately making bigger strides this year than Markakis is though (so far anyway. ) though that's mostly because he's now playing CF. Markakis probably could do the same too if he wants (and the O's decide not to have anything more to do with Corey Patterson.)
 
"Yet Damon, who has two more years under contract with New York, realizes that Cabrera is the Yankees' future in center field. After a slow start, the 23-year-old switch-hitter has caught fire, hitting .337 with six homers and
38 RBIs since May 30."

未來Yankees的CF會讓cabrera常守嗎?
 
CCLU,

Well, there goes Zambrano. He was the one that I was hoping we could land from the 08 FA pool....you know, a good pitcher that's actually under 30. Blah, I guess we will have to wait for Bedard in 09.

Wanted go get your opinion on Posada... do you resign a 36 yr old catcher? My inclination is to say no, at least not to anything more than 2 yrs guaranteed, butttt....what are our replacement options?

Take care,

Wilson
 
I think that There's a lot to like about Zambrano, but plenty also to not like, (head case, a lot of walks, been in Dusty's hands, pitches in a weak NL division) he's very good, but i don't think he's a slam dunk FA that the Yankees would surely regrett.

As for Jorge, the alternative.. FA wise, is beyond terrible, the "better" hitters hit about as well as Andy Phillips... the norm? they hit around Miguel Cairo's range. that's just beyond bad. your talking about going from a guy who's really the top 5 hitter in the AL this year to Miguel Cairo if your not taking back Jorge. Jorge in his career s around a 125 OPS+ hitter, that's still better than anything anyone of the FA are capable of putting up.... by a mile.

there are really only 5 catchers who can consistently hit considerablly above average in the game right now. and the other 4 are not going to be in the market any time soon (Mauer , Mccane, Martin, Martinez )

2/24-26 is almost the bare minimum, i wouldn't be shocked if Jorge got 2/30 and a vesting option... the good news is that he's showing very little if any sign of decline, the bad news is 39 year old catchers. i'd guess the Yankees have no choice really, and that they could only hope Posada lives up to his BR top comp, Carlton Fisk
 
btw , a very nice series in many ways, both entertainment wise and seeing all the Yankee pieces falling into places. all 4 game really came down to a couple of crucial plays and ABs. both team were playing it like the playoffs really.
 
今天看民視新聞剛好看到Rizzuto特輯,果然如CCLU大說的,他有提到義大利美食XD
播報球賽的他,讓人聯想到愛因斯坦吐舌頭那張老頑童的照片...
 
我的blog有一篇關於洋基公關部所提供的資料, 也許你會有興趣。
 
想問CClu或是滾浪大
為何Christian Garcia今年沒有出賽呢
還有Francisco Castillo 也才投了不到10局
是傷勢問題還是?
 
Christian Garcia, TJ followed by knee surgery ORZZZZZZ
 
CCLU,

BABIP.....

wow... watching the game right now, never seen so many bloopers and seeing-eye singles in a game.

take care,

Wilson
 
Ian Kennedy會在星期六先發對上TB
請問這樣子會不會太快了...?

現在洋基農場大概是近幾年最好的時候
我不希望有人被rush到之類的..
 
以Moose的近況來看也是沒法子的選擇了, 而我相信大部分人不會很樂意見到井川gig 3 (雖然他最近幾場的滾飛比好很多)

TB 可能是很適合Kennedy處女秀的隊伍.. i mean.. most of their team is AAA anyway !! :P j/k 但是沒啥plate discipline的隊伍對上Kennedy這種比較吃虧些.

Posada, Considering that he's out OPS+ every other FA catcher by like 75 points (and that's not really a exaggeration) , they almost have to resign him. the contract will probably bite by the last year but better than a utter black hole for 2+ year behind the plate.
 
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