Wednesday, April 15, 2009

So Long Childhood

With the recent news of Braves pitcher Tom Glavine suffering a setback in his quest to return to the MLB mound for a 23rd season and contemplating retirement I've become a bit depressed. It's not all Glavine's fault, it's the fact that players from my childhood are quickly disappearing. There's only a handful of players still active in MLB today that began their careers in the 80's (Jamie Moyer, Randy Johnson, Gary Sheffield, Ken Griffey Jr., and Omar Vizquel). Others are currently rehabbing and hope to take the field this season (John Smoltz and Tom Gordon). Greg Maddux, Kenny Rogers, Curt Schilling, Kent Merker, and Rudy Seanez gracefully bowed out of the show this offseason.

Glavine says he plans to make a decision on retirement within the next two weeks, while he waits to see how his body responds. Interesting fact- Tom Glavine may end up having identical rookie and closing season stats: 2-4 with a 5.54 era in 1988 and 2008.

I'm turning 30 this year, so seeing all my childhood idols be replaced by new ones was bound to happen sooner or later. However, I don't have to like it. I'm rooting for Grand Pappy Moyer to go at least until he's 50 (currently 46 years old).

What's Up?
*Hugging Harold Reynolds has a "funny" commercial that has Mexico pissed, as they're tired of being stereotyped as stocky wrestlers.

*Rumors & Rants previews the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

*Sports Rubbish has the inside scoop on a soccer player losing his shorts during a match.

*The Love of Sports gives mad love to freshly retired boxer Oscar De La Hoya.

*Major League Jerk wonders what the hell Major League Baseball is thinking placing the 2011 All-Star game in's hotter than the devil's balls in July out there?!

H20- Like A Prayer (Cover of Madonna's 80's classic)


GM-Carson said...

Obviously standings mean nothing after 1 week but has anyone looked at the current division leaders:

AL East: Baltimore
AL Central: KC
AL West: Seattle

NL East: Marlins
NL Central: Cubs/Cards
NL West: San Diego

Outside of the NL Central and the Marlins, those are more or less the teams everbody has been picking to finish last.

YouGabSports said...

Wow, I have to agree here. It really starts to hit you when the guys you grew up idolizing are slowly filtering out of the game. Of course, some of that has already been taken away by the steroid scandals, but still, it like when your music officially gets classified as classic! Its depressing, but its the natural order of life I guess.

GM-Carson said...

I still hold out hope oldies but goodies Rickey Henderson, Oil Can Boyd, Jesse Orosco, and Julio Franco decide to make comebacks.

Josh said...

If Rickey Henderson makes a comeback, then heaven will officially be back on earth.

GM-Carson said...

Rickey could still work a walk and swipe a bag as a pinch-hitter.

YouGabSports said...

Rickey making a comeback, that would be cool. I can't remember a case in MLB where a player who was elected to the Hall opted to play again after election. I'd love to see that.

tamtam said...

ha! i didnt watch baseball when i was a little kid, so i dont have any childhoood heroes to idolize!

also, phoenix isnt a bad place to host the all-star game. the diamondbacks have the nicest stadium in all MLB-mainly cuz its got a retractable roof, AC, and lots of bathrooms!! im a transplant and even i would go to chase field over the cell any day!

Bote Man said...

"It's a dry heat."


You get used to your childhood slipping away, a little bit at a time.

But not in one huge chunk, as when Harry Kalas dies.

GM-Carson said...

Nice to "meet" you Bote Man; hope you return each day for more conversation.

Jeff K. said...

I can't remember a case in MLB where a player who was elected to the Hall opted to play again after election.Jim Palmer.

GM-Carson said...

Jim Palmer was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1990 and his final season was 1984. Am I missing something?

Mr. A-Hole said...

Fuck Tom Glavine! He was a piece of shit Brave and Met in his career. Good riddance.

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