SkeptiSys

February 9, 2008

You Don’t Know Michael Jack Schmidt

Filed under: humor, Sports — Tags: , , , , — skeptisys @ 3:23 pm

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When I was a kid, Mike Schmidt was one of the greatest baseball players, leading his league in home runs 8 times and winning 10 Gold Gloves. Only recently did I learn that Schmidt had a Spiderman moment that turned him into a superplayer. (thanks to the Baseball Page)

On The Baseball Page, we read:

“When Mike Schmidt was seven years old he climbed a tree and found himself 30 feet in the air. He stumbled and fell toward the ground. On his way to the earth he reached out and grabbed a wire which carried 4,000 volts. He was thrown to the ground and landed on his back.”

Now please don’t drop any kids from 30 feet, when it was clearly the electricity that caused superpower. And do not submit children to electricity, without first signing them to an agent’s contract – no matter what Bush and Cheney tell us is appropriate.  (I am just kidding, it is never appropriate to hurt anyone.  If you need self-defense, learn Aikido)

One more item about The Baseball Page, where we find this comment:

“Don Money was traded to the Brewers during the 1972 off-season, to make room for Schmidt at third base. It was a bad trade for the Phillies, as Money went on to a solid career for Milwaukee, while none of the players Philadelphia received really panned out.”

This comment is inaccurate.  The Money trade worked out very well for the Phillies.  One pitcher they received, Jim Lonborg, won 75 games for the Phillies after this trade.  Another, Ken Brett, was traded straight up for Dave Cash.  Both Cash and Lonborg were big contributors to the great Phillie teams of the late 1970’s.   If you have to give up Money, it is nice to get Cash back.

3 Comments »

  1. Excellent post!

    I love learning stuff like that. Never knew about that site.

    Growing up an AL fan, I always preferred George Brett, but at least you mentioned his brother. They were practically twins (not the Minnesota variety).

    When I was about 10, I got all excited because I thought I was going to get George Brett’s autograph at the Royals hotel in Baltimore. No so fast, turns out it was Ken. He told me the way to tell them apart was “George always wears cowboy boots, but almost never leaves his hotel room due to room service”. Now that I’m older, I can only imagine what that really meant.

    Comment by urbanshocker — February 12, 2008 @ 3:25 pm

  2. Hi –

    I’m loving your blog, and I’d like to talk to you about a speaking engagement.

    Would you eMail me, please?

    Thanks!

    Comment by Rachel H — February 14, 2008 @ 12:39 am

  3. Thanks Urban,
    Dig the Brett story. I remember George almost single handedly keeping the Royals in the playoffs against the Yanks in the late 70’s. He just didn’t appear to have any weaknesses. Well, pine tar and hemorrhoids…

    Comment by skeptisys — February 14, 2008 @ 9:34 am


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