The Magic Number

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JimD

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(I was at this game - the way Valentin turned that triple play was the weirdest thing to see in person, with the crowd needing a few seconds to grasp exactly what had just happened in front of us, followed by the slow building of a thunderous applause.)
 

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Having stood beside Wilt, Lebron, Dale Davis, Cadwell Jones, Eldon Cambell, nobody was close to as big as WIlt. He was so long the bulk does not show in photos. His shoulder width eclipsed all of them. Hoops guys I know say only Shaq compares, and Shaq was wider, but not as long. Lots of people say make Dwight Howard 4 inches taller and you begin to get Wilt.
Somebody— I'm pretty sure it was Tommy Heinsohn— had a story about a fight that broke out in a game where Wilt grabbed ahold of his uniform at the shoulder strap and casually ripped it in half. Tommy (or whoever it was) commented that those straps are reinforced-- you have to be so strong to do that, it's like tearing a phone book in half. Granted, Heinsohn isn't exactly free from exaggeration, but that story made a big impression on me when I read it as a kid.

Fake edit: here's a reference: http://celticsgreen.blogspot.com/2009/08/in-books-heinsohn-dont-you-ever-smile_13.html
 

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(I was at this game - the way Valentin turned that triple play was the weirdest thing to see in person, with the crowd needing a few seconds to grasp exactly what had just happened in front of us, followed by the slow building of a thunderous applause.)
Quite a rally killer in what turned out to be a 4-3 Red Sox win. Valentin also hit a HR in the game. This game also marked Alex Rodriguez’s MLB debut.

Edit - it was a solo HR, not 2 run HR.
 
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(I was at this game - the way Valentin turned that triple play was the weirdest thing to see in person, with the crowd needing a few seconds to grasp exactly what had just happened in front of us, followed by the slow building of a thunderous applause.)
And, as always, the Mariners announcers were a day late and a dollar short. It's painful when they play the Sox and I'm forced to watch the local Mariner channel.
 

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(I was at this game - the way Valentin turned that triple play was the weirdest thing to see in person, with the crowd needing a few seconds to grasp exactly what had just happened in front of us, followed by the slow building of a thunderous applause.)
I just love the casual, nothing-to-see-here body language.
 

Buster Olney the Lonely

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(I was at this game - the way Valentin turned that triple play was the weirdest thing to see in person, with the crowd needing a few seconds to grasp exactly what had just happened in front of us, followed by the slow building of a thunderous applause.)
Pretty sure that was ARod’s first game in the majors. Another 13.
 

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The cradle of the game.
And, as always, the Mariners announcers were a day late and a dollar short. It's painful when they play the Sox and I'm forced to watch the local Mariner channel.
More like a month late and a grand short. Christ, it's like they've never seen the game of baseball before. Yuck.
 

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I bet no one here who doesn't look it up will guess who the Sox pitcher was. A guy who only pitched for us that one year, for just 8 starts/42 entirely forgettable innings.
I usually don't get obscure Sox trivia, but when I see the answer I go ... Oh yeah. Not this one. No recollection of Nabholz at all, even after checking b-ref and photos. And I was watching when 13 executed the triple play.
 

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I usually don't get obscure Sox trivia, but when I see the answer I go ... Oh yeah. Not this one. No recollection of Nabholz at all, even after checking b-ref and photos. And I was watching when 13 executed the triple play.
Don't remember the Jeff Russell trade?

(Alright, I didn't remember Nabholz either, but still, that at least makes him noteworthy).
 

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4F3F62A1-8746-4FE5-A104-4E2883A38782.jpeg Let’s win tonight and knock one more number off this thing. It would be a great end to a successful sports day.

Edit. It should not have taken ten posts to get the GOAT up here. What the hell is wrong with you people?