Posts Tagged ‘cubs’

Vance Law 2.0

Monday, July 11th, 2011 by I Love Nerd York City

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From Wikipedia:

During the 1980s, a variation of the Chicago-style hot dog called the Vance Law Dog was sold at Wrigley Field. It featured a traditional Chicago-style hot dog topped with cole slaw and ketchup. Some fans incorrectly referred to the dog as ‘The Vance Slaw Dog’ because of the inclusion of cole slaw. The dog was a personal favorite of the late broadcasting legend Harry Caray.

Chuck McElroy

Monday, April 4th, 2011 by I Love Nerd York City

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Mr. McElroy pitched in 654 games over a twelve year career in Major League Baseball.  In 1991, he pitched over 101 relief innings for the Cubs, with 92 K’s and an ERA+ of 199.

Bill Buckner’s Hair

Monday, October 26th, 2009 by I Love Nerd York City

While not a nerd per se, I had to post this card in order to share what is possibly the strangest facial hair/body hair in baseball card history:

buckner-billCan there be an explanation for the disparity between left-side-mustache and right-side-mustache?  And I don’t know how to properly address the pattern of neck hair.  We’ve all seen pictures of Mr. Buckner before, and he has always looked like a normal guy…so what happened here?

Jay Johnstone

Monday, July 20th, 2009 by I Love Nerd York City

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Order of business #1: You can cover that umbrella hat in Budweiser cans all you want, but that doesn’t detract from the nerdiness of wearing it in the first place.*

Order of business #2: We need more “Jay Johnsones” in Major League Baseball. From Wikipedia:

[Johnstone] pulled off a number of infamous pranks during his playing days, including placing a soggy brownie inside Steve Garvey’s first base mitt, setting teammate’s cleats on fire (known as “hot-footing”), cutting out the crotch area of Rick Sutcliffe’s underwear, locking Dodger manager Tommy Lasorda in his office during spring training, dressing up as a groundskeeper and sweeping the Dodger Stadium infield in between innings, nailing teammate’s cleats to the floor, and replacing the celebrity photos in manager Lasorda’s office with pictures of himself, Jerry Reuss and Don Stanhouse. He also once dressed up in Lasorda’s uniform (with padding underneath) and ran out to the mound to talk to the pitcher while carrying Lasorda’s book and a can of Slim Fast.

As a baseball announcer, he once covered a microphone with a scent of stale eggs then proceeded to interview Dave Stewart, Mickey Hatcher and other players.

Johnstone struck out looking against Dave Spiwack in the top of the first inning in the movie Naked Gun.

*Let it be noted that I’m anticipating a return of the “nerd vs. dork” controversy in reference to the umbrella hat.

Geoff Zahn

Thursday, June 25th, 2009 by I Love Nerd York City

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Major League Baseball player, or "Bad News Bears" extra?

Mr. Zahn is a major league baseball player turned Christian motivational speaker.

Ron Davis

Monday, May 4th, 2009 by I Love Nerd York City

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Mr. Davis broke a New York Yankees record by striking out eight consecutive batters in a single relief appearance. He also co-owns the record for most blown saves in a single season, with 14. He actually had 5 seasons throughout his career (’79, ’80, ’81, ’83, ’85) that I wouuld categorize between “good” and “great.” In two of these he actually averaged over 10 K’s per 9 innings. For a nerd, this is the eqivalent of hall-of-fame level production.

WARP value continued…

Friday, March 13th, 2009 by I Love Nerd York City

After I addressed the price that several of MLB’s top players were paid for each WARP (win above replacement player) that they contributed, Prof. Nerdtron posed the question of which teams did the best job finding value through free agency. I tried to at least begin answering this question by looking at the entire free agent class of 2006/7 and 2007/8. So which teams have done the best job over the past two years?

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Greg Maddux

Thursday, February 19th, 2009 by Vorpy McNerd
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