This is Tim Raines. He’ll always be my favorite baseball player for lots of reasons: first to third on a single to left, stolen bases when everyone knew he was going, always throwing to the right base, a beautiful swing from both sides of the plate and a battler in every at-bat. You always got the feeling something would happen when Raines was at the plate and he had a long, productive career that stops just short of the HOF.
He is currently (apparently) the hitting coach for the Harrisburg Senators (Eastern League) and if I still followed baseball (the game died in 1994) the Nationals would be my team.
Did you know Washington had a team when I was a kid? The Senators. Ted Williams was the manager for a time, they had a monster named Frank Howard who hit homers and some nice players like Mike Epstein, Eddie Brinkman and Toby Harrah (although Harrah didn’t do much until the team moved to Texas). I once worked at a radio station that allowed people who knew nothing about sports to deliver it and recall laughing at a newsman’s pronounciation of Harrah (more HURR-AHHH that HAIR-UH).
Columbus loves their baseball. The Clippers (AAA) are the minor league affiliate of the Washington Nationals. Currently the team has about 5 players on their roster, including a pitcher named Mike Bascik. I owned his dad’s baseball card 30 years ago, and he played for the Texas Rangers (formerly Washington Senators) at the beginning of his career. The beautiful thing about baseball is there’s always something to talk about.
As for the hockey game, I’m left to enjoy the kid line, wonder if Pouliot got caught in the transporter and is caught between Springfield and Columbus. If he’s with the big club, I hope he plays and does something to earn another game.
This is what baseball people call running out the string. Jesus Murphy is that an apt phrase.