Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Time to get your Irish on! Whip up some Irish bacon (or corned beef) and cabbage, some Irish stew, and celebrate the passing of an Irish priest who spread Christianity to the Irish pagans. How do we commemorate this event? By getting trashed, wearing green, and seeing leprechauns (after a few Guinness of course)!

Even though the regular season is still a couple of weeks away, some Major League teams don their finest green and hit the verdant fields. A wee preview...


Kiss Us We're Irish, Too!


Lobaircin - Small Bodied Fellows (aka Leprechauns)
In honor of the holiday, a short passage on some of the smallest players. The shortest person ever to participate in the Major Leagues was Eddie Gaedel. Standing at just 3'7", Gaedel was a pinch hitter for the St. Louis Browns back in one game in August of 1951. It was mostly a stunt, by Browns owner Bill Veeck, as the Gaedel had no strike zone and was always walked. The diminutive batter wore the number 1/8 (no kidding).

Hack Wilson is the shortest home run champion, standing at a massive 5'6". Wilson played for the New York Giants, Chicago Cubs, Brooklyn Dodgers, and the Philadelphia Phillies between 1923 -1934. In 1930, his batting average was .356, and hit 57 home runs in that year alone. Other stats: 1461 career hits, 244 home runs, OBP .388, SLG .545, AVG .307.

As of 2008, Padres second baseman David Eckstein is the shortest current baseball player standing just shy of 5' 7". Eckstein put the short in shortstop when he stated with the Angels in 2001, but he rapidly earned himself the designation of an All-Star. According to The Baseball Almanac, 10 players in the history of the sport were 5'3", 16 stood at 5'4" , 31 at 5'5", 117 at 5'6", and 252 at 5'7".

And finally, some more treats for this mid-Lent holiday break!


Dropkick Murphy's - Kiss Me I'm Shitfaced

Watch Charlie Manuel, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Shane Victorino, and Jimmy Rollins of the Philadelphia Phillies do the Irish Riverdance.

13 comments:

GM-Carson said...

I could kiss you for posting the Dropkick Murphy's this morning...I'm rip roarin ready to go now.

Mr. A-Hole said...

Burton and Carson, neither strong Irish names. Go suck a potato!

Burton said...

Who are you? Mr. O' A-Hole?

GM-Carson said...

Mr. A-Hole, your comments are worthless like your blog.

LynnieMac said...

Not to quibble because I do love me some St. Patrick's Day (okay, yeah, I'm quibbling - I do that when hungover), but corned beef isn't Irish and St. Patrick was born elsewhere. Beannachd na Feile Padraig.

tamtam said...

proving once again, you dont have to be irish to celebrate st. patrick's day. hope you guys had a happy st. patricks day and didnt get too wasted! tuesday is just too early in the workweek to go on a holiday drinking binge

GM-Carson said...

3 beers was enough for me last night, had to get up early this morning.

Burton said...

I had no beers. 'Twas quite sad. I'll make up for it this weekend :)

Burton said...

Oh...and Happy St. Patrick's Day (belated) to you too LynnieMac, now, thalla a chluiche le do deideagan.

LynnieMac said...

Unfortunately, stupidly, I drank enough for several people.

You'll have to forgive me, Burton. My Scottish Gaelic is far better than my Irish, and toys are too loud for me today. Ta tinneas cinn orm (I have a headache).

Burton said...

Don't worry, nil Gaeilge maith agam.

GM-Carson said...

What the f*ck did you two just say?

LynnieMac said...

Beannachd na Feile Padraig = Happy St. Patrick's Day

thalla a chluiche le do deideaga = go play with your toys (it's mostly a nonsensical, friendlier version of "piss off" but also can mean if you can't take something seriously, then go play with your toys, you baby)

Ta tinneas cinn orm = I have a headache

nil Gaeilge maith agam = I don't speak much Gaelic.