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.