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My apologies to Brandi and Mia. Aren’t those porn star names? by gpiv
May 6, 2010, 3:18 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

Forty-three bottles of beer in the fridge.

Seems soccer is not a sport is a hot topic.  A lot of feedback.  My apologies to Brandi Chastain for giving Mia Hamm the credit for taking off her shirt.  I guess if Brandi Chastain would have taken off Mia Hamm’s shirt that would have been even bigger news and maybe would have sparked my prurient interest in soccer.

I guess I showed my ignorance of soccer with that mistake.  Hey I never claimed to be a fan.

The College World Series Legends team was released today and that’s a good place to look for a story.  Some are household names, some are not.  None  predate 1964 so they all exist in my memories of the CWS.

At first base are Dustin Ackley and Will Clark.  Ackley is the most recent player honored.  Clark had a great pro career and was a fantastic college player.

At second base is Bob Horner and Todd Walker from LSU.  Todd had a long career in the majors and was the darling of many Tiger fans.  When people walk into the store and want Todd Walker cards they simply ask for Todd.  Horner had a few great years in Atlanta and is one of three Arizona State players honorees.

Shortstop is occupied by Darwin Barney of Oregon State, Nomar Garciaparra of Ga. Tech and Spike Owen of Texas.  Barney’s one of two position players from the 2000’s.  Owen is one of four Texas players.  Garciaparra fueled Ga. Tech’s run to second place in 1994.

Sal Bando of Az. St., Pat Burrell of Miami, and Robin Ventura of Okie State occupy third base.  Bando’s the earliest player on the team from 1964 and occupies some of my earliest memories of the world series before there were crowds.  Burrell is the only Hurricane player despite their huge number of visits.  Ventura is still a crowd favorite and comes back yearly.

Six outfielders, including in my opinion the most extraordinary CWS performer of all time, were named.  Dave Winfield of Minnesota is that man and he is truly one of the finest gentleman that I have ever met in the sports collecting industry.

Barry Bonds of Az. State, J.D. Drew of Fla. St., Terry Francona of Arizonia,, Mark Kotsay of Call State Fullerton and Fred Lynn of USC round out the outfield.  All went on to productive if not great careers in the major leagues.  Noticeable is the fact that despite a plethora of championships, Lynn is the only Trojan player on the list.

There are three old pitchers and two from the 2000’s on t he list.  Steve Arlin of Ohio State is the second oldest player having pitched in 1965 and 1966.  Again some of my oldest memories of the series revolve around him.  I became a Buckeye football fan and a Texas football fan from the fact that they sent teams to the CWS and I liked them.  I also became a hater of USC because of their success in the series.

I digress.  Los Angeles is a shithole and USC is in the middle of that shithole.

Eddie Bane of Arizona State and Burt Hooton of Texas are the other two older pitchers.  Hooton had extraordinary years in 1969 and 1970 and had a mildly successful pro career.  Bane was awesome in 1979 and 1973, but did not succeed in the pros.

Add Jason Windsor of Cal State and Huston Street of Texas from the 2000s and you round out the pitching staff.  Street spent three years int he series and it seemed like ten. 

Ryan Garko of Stanford and Landon Powell of South Carolina are the catchers, both from the 2000’s.  Neither were that memorable to me.

Pete Incaviglia of  Oklahoma State and Brooks Kieschnick of Texas are the Designated Hitters.  Not a doubt that they could hit but Kieschnick could pitch too.

Coaches?  Skip Bertman of LSU, Rod Deadeaux of USC, and Auggie Garrido of Cal State and Texas.  Argue with those and you get the CWS dunce cap.  Bertman brought 11 teams, Deadeaux brought 15 and Garrido 13.  who said coaching doesn’t matter.

Over 100.000 votes were cast for the team.  Clark was the leading vote getter with slightly over three thousand votes and Winfield was second.

What will I be doing for the next week.  Pulling out baseball cards and other memorabilia from these guys.  They will be honored at opening ceremonies and on the first day of the series.

My bet is that Winfield will be there. My bet is that Bonds won’t

Anybody want Stadium View odds on that.

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Mia Hamm married Nomar Garciaparra. You can’t escape it.

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