All Stardust Memories

Hey, consecutive weeks with three-day undefeated stretches! Do you think…never mind.


Ever been to an all-star game? I’ve been to two which ties with holes-in-one on my personal list of something-you-don’t-see-every-day experiences.


I went with some pals to the 1983 game at Comiskey Park where Fred Lynn hit the first [and still the only?] grand slam in AS history off of Atlee Hammaker. What I remember more than that is drinking across the street at a joint called McCuddy’s [I think] that was presided over by an old matriarch proprietress who regaled us with stories about Ruth dashing over for a cold one between innings when the Yankees were in town. Speaking of the Bambino, the other highlight of that trip was another old gal, the Babe’s sister, who was in attendance and whose autograph I got on a game program which I cannot locate now. I don’t remember her name but I remember that she noted herself as “Babe Ruth’s sister” in a parenthetical p.s. to her signature.




I also went to the 2001 affair at Safeco Field in Seattle courtesy of tickets arranged by an MLB ump who used to work part-time at a pub I owned while he was in college at Iowa State. That game fell on the golden birthday of the son who is the eldest of our three kids. You might remember it as one where Cal Ripken was named the MVP for swatting a homer after being waved over from 3rd base to shortstop in the top of the first by A-Rod; a gesture in deference to the last year of Ripken’s illustrious career. Later in the game Tommy Lasorda was knocked on his ass in the 3rd base coaching box by a splintered bat as I recall.


My fondest all-star memories have nothing to do with games actually attended. I remember being at a friend’s house during a tremendous thunderstorm when Cub Jim Hickman lashed the single that lit the fuse on Pete Rose’s game-winning, career-ending charge into and through Ray Fosse in 1971.


I vaguely remember the years during my little league days when two all-star games were played per summer; the golden era of Mays, Aaron, Mantle, Clemente, Koufax and Marichal. That’s why the 1983 game at Comiskey marked the 50th anniversary of the first all-star game but was the 54th one played.


By the way, the reason that 2001 game fell on my son’s golden birthday is because his mother went into labor about the time Andre Dawson went deep on Roger Clemens in Toronto at the 1991 game. That was on July 9. By the time the kid was born it was the wee hours of July 10 which also happens to be Dawson’s birthday.


They’ve awarded the 2012 game to Kansas City, an easy trip from Des Moines. The date has again been set for July 10, the day Dawson will turn 58 and you-know-who turns 21.


So there you have my contribution to the passing of the break…

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As a Certified Old Fart, I stopped watching the All-Star Game as it morphed more & more into a pageant.

It's fine to have at least one player from each team on the roster, but the managers shouldn't have to concern themselves with getting everybody into the game.

yeah, the 'fanfest' @ the '01 game in seattle was a corporate orgy...really, i too am a card-carrying COF...

Today is the deadline for the Arizona State Legislature to have funding in place for the new Cubs Spring Training facility.

Because the AZ State Legislature quite obviously has no intention of doing this, the Cubs now have the right to opt out of their agreement with the City of Mesa and go to Naples, FL, instead.

The City of Mesa has come up with an alternative plan to fund a Cubs ST site that involves selling land near Coolidge the city had acquired several years ago, and while the Cubs may accept that alternative funding plan, they don't have to accept it.

10-foot gator bites off man's hand in Fla. canal

(AP) – 3 hours ago

NAPLES, Fla. — Florida wildlife officials say a 10-foot alligator bit off a man's hand while he was swimming in a canal with friends.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokeswoman Gabriella Ferraro says 18-year-old Timothy Delano of Naples is recovering at a hospital. Officials managed to catch the gator and retrieve the hand from its stomach, and doctors may be able to reattach the hand.

Ferraro says Delano was swimming with three friends around 9:30 p.m. Sunday when the alligator attacked.

The men swam to shore and drove to a gas station, where they called 911. Delano was flown by helicopter to a hospital.

Wildlife officials say people should stay out of freshwater canals and lakes this time of year because alligators are more active, especially around dawn and dusk.

NAPLES, Fla. — Florida wildlife officials say a 10-foot alligator bit off a man's hand while he was swimming in a canal with friends.
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I'll gladly search the sports medicine literature for pitchers who recover from replant surgery.

My guess is...significant sucess has been reported on ambidextrous pitchers. I thought the pitcher who had a sucessful recovery was named Cap Hook.

Unfortunately for our young Florida friend, after taking a look at it surgeons decided not to try to reattach the hand.

Maybe it's just me but I think that a swimming hole located at the corner of "Everglades Blvd." and "Alligator Alley" might not be the best place for a dip at dusk.

possibly the only foursome in america without a cell phone!

foursome!?!?

Oh, nevermind

Although each of the five MLB clubs associated with the Mesa Solar Sox are limited to what positions need to be filled on the Solar Sox roster, if I had to guess, here are the players I believe the Cubs will most-likely send to the AFL post-2010:

David Cales, RHRP
Chris Carpenter, RHSP
Brandon Guyer, OF
Brett Jackson, OF
Aaron Shafer, RHRP
Marquez Smith, 3B-2B
Luke Sommer, LHRP

Seems to me that Brandon Guyer and David Cales will almost definitely be there, barring injury.

Ray Fosse's career didn't end with the Rose smash up. He played another handful of years. But it certainly affected his future play.

no, it didn't officially; only effectively...let's make that career-ruining...

my friend was the al bat boy for al in 83 game.

he's a cub fan and was mad he had to be in al dugout.

he as the first to high five lynn after rand slam.

he's on the all highlights because of that.

how'd he do in tips? how'd he get the gig? how old was he @ the time?

he was 14

entered drawing for sun times he got picked.

he was big baseball card collector back then and was a fanatic

he got pix w joe cronin and fernando and ton of autographs.

got broken.brett bat autograped was his best haul

no money I believe but you see that sob eveytime they show lynns slam, wearing #13.

we are still good friends.

That's him in the ill fitting uniform.
Thanks Tito.

I too attended the 1983 all-star game at the old Comiskey Park. It is the only all-star game I have ever attended. It wasn't until many years later that I learned that Fred Lynn's grand slam was the only one in all-star game history. At the time, it was a big hit, but at least in my mind, not historic.

that was you?!

I went to the '84 game in San Fran. The Cubs played four games vs. the Giants before the break, so we saw those, too.

+1 Having an ump friend set you up for the as gm
-1 any mention of Iowa State (I was a Hawkeye ;-)

i'm a hawkeye too, for the record; point taken...

McCuddy's was a great bar. I always thought they should have saved it and actually include it as part of the new park with a turnstyle at the back of the place right into the stadium but alas, that's not the kind of cool thing Reinsdorf had in mind. I think Reinsdorf also promised the owner of McCuddy's that they would find a new place for them after they tore it down but that hasn't happened.

Guys like Reinsdorf just can't stand a joint like McCuddy's prospering because of its proximity to his product. Shut down McCuddy's and that's just more beer people have to buy from Reinsdorf. He doesn't see that places like that enhance the overall experience and create a great atmosphere - things that make the casual fan want to return.

Works at Wrigley Field but Reinsdorf, like the elder Wirtz with his stubborn refusal to televise home games, just can't bring himself to change his ways.

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    Arizona Phil 4 hours 32 min ago view
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    The E-Man 5 hours 15 min ago view
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    Eric S 19 hours 42 min ago view
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    johann 22 hours 40 min ago view
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    crunch 22 hours 52 min ago view
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    The E-Man 23 hours 1 min ago view
  • That doesn't count b/c CRUNCH didn't see it on his 60" HDTV 5 times in replay.

    I have seen many players "bail out" when the ball looked like it was gonna hit them.

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    These guys have made the best bail out only for the ball to come over the plate and be called a strike.

    No shame in that. The same way players whiff hard enough to cause them to drill a hole in the ground from spinning.

    The E-Man 23 hours 7 min ago view
  • a 60" TV with slow-motion replay and multiple looks on that replay helps...a lot...

    it's one thing to shy away like he did the 2nd time, it's another to bail out of the box on a called strike. that happened in the 1st one he pulled away from. he misjudged that one by a foot or so...

    crunch 23 hours 25 min ago view
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