Friday, October 03, 2008

Happy Birthday Dave!

Many of you remember October 3, 1951 as the day of Bobby Thomson's famous home run. Not us here at G:TB. We remember it as the birth date of a true American hero. A man drafted by four teams in three professional sports. A man who killed Rawlings baseballs with his bat, killed Canadian birds with his rocket arm, and tried to kill American fans by hurling his bat at fans sitting along the third base line.

Happy birthday to David Mark Winfield, the pride of Minnesota. We salute you by posting a picture of your 1974 Topps rookie card.

31 comments:

rob said...

can we have a moment of silence for the demise of those padres uniforms? they were spectacularly representative of their era.

Rhymenocerous said...

Can anybody here name anybody who played on the Padres in the 1970's? Other than Winfield, I can't name a single person. Was Ozzie Smith around in the late 70's? Was he a Padre before the Garry Templeton trade made him a Cardinal? I might also guess Gaylord Perry because he seemed to pitch everywhere, but that's all I got.

Not a strong statement for a franchise when you draw a virtual blank for an entire decade.

rob said...

ozzie was indeed a padre, as were kurt bevacqua, steve garvey (post dodgers), aaaand...many others.

Mark said...

Ozzie was a Padre in the late 70s.
He had a pretty sweet afro back then.

Mark said...

I was gonna say Garvey too but I couldn't remember when he came over from the Dodgers. You know, since I was a toddler and all.

rob said...

i believe he was on the pads '84 world series squad.

Mark said...

Rob, the question pertained to Padres from the '70s. Try and keep up pops.

Also, anybody heard from Thomas yet?

Geoff said...

7 comments on a post about Dave Winfield and no one's mentioned herpes yet? Disappointing...

Rhymenocerous said...

Geoff:

You've tried to pass herpes all over our nook of the blogosphere a couple times now. How 'bout some details to substantiate this claim? Is there a web site with the rumor.

"If it's on the internet, it must be true."
- Michael Scott, Dunder Mifflin branch manager

Geoff said...

Its all over the Internets but this rumor is substantiated by court documents. This book details how Robin Givens mom sued him for giving her the herps.

http://tinyurl.com/46lm5v

Rhymenocerous said...

I wonder if Dave ever wanted to pull the mother-daughter duo with Robin once she became famous.

Mick Jagger pulled the mother-daughter duo by nailing Michelle Phillips (Mamas & Papas) and MacKenzie Phillips in a short time span. He did so because he was pissed at the father/husband. I'm pretty sure that makes Mick Jagger the Keyser Soze of sex.

Zoltan said...

Michelle Phillips isn't MacKenzie Phillips' mom.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mackenzie_Phillips

The "Keyser Soze of sex" is still a fantastic line.

Greg said...

I think Dave wanted to. I know I would.

Mark said...

Robin Givens was something else on Head of the Class. Between her and Lark Voorhies (Lisa Turtle), its pretty easy for me to figure out where I developed my love of the dark side.

Geoff said...

To Rhymo's point, the "Givin Him Something He Can Feel" En Vogue video changed the way I looked at the world.

Mark said...

Yeah...that video was pretty damn amazing. Like Phife, I too used to have a crush on Dawn from En Vogue.

Whitney said...

I am stunned what a stumper Rhymo posed with the "name the Padres from the 70's". I was all prepared to dazzle you guys and all I could come up with was Rollie Fingers and Randy Jones. And I only remembered Randy Jones because he was really good in the 1970's online strat-o-matic we played last winter.

Position Players? I'd have to cheat. One of the Raders, Dave or Doug? Is this east coast elitism or were they that forgettable?

Well done, Timmy Rhyme.

Geoff said...

I heard a good trivia question the other day, while we're at it... Name the five MLB teams that have played a home game in Milwaukee.

Geoff said...

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/dcsportsbog/2008/10/gilberts_cover_shot_gheorghes.html#more

GTB was not consulted for this? Hurtful...

TJ said...

NKOTB recap coming on Monday...those boys can put on quite a show.

TJ said...

Geoff - cubbies, brewers, astros, indians...and...tigers?

Geoff said...

Only two of those are correct.

rob said...

braves, white sox, cardinals?

Geoff said...

Rob got two of the remaining three. White Sox, Braves, Brewers,and Astros are correct. Missing one...

Geoff said...

Will GTB be making some picks this week?

TJ said...

I left rob in charge...he's having trouble reaching the keyboard.

Rhymenocerous said...

G:TB is aggregating the picks as you read this and pick your nose. They will be up by COB.

On my Keyser Soze comments, Mick hit it with Michelle Phillips when she was MacKenzie's step-mom. So when Mick took revenge on John Phillips, he did indeed nail the guy's wife and daughter, although those two aren't blood relatives.

Ruthlessly awesome nonetheless.

Geoff said...

How did you know I was picking my nose? Eerie...

Zoltan said...

I bet Dave Winfield wants to pull the mother-daughter thing with Sarah and Bristol Palin, one of whom made two incredibly unconservative comments in a debate with Joe Biden last night, and a third really stupid comment:

1. The Founders built flexibility into the Constitution. Really? Has anyone run this by Scalia? Admittedly she was talking about the office of the Vice President being split between the Executive and Legislative branches, but come on. The Constitution is not flexible, if you are a conservative. It sets out how the government is structured, and what rights the government may not abridge. That's it.

2. There is a right to privacy in the Constitution. Really? Has anyone run this by Scalia? Where does the Constitution recite such a right? You can maybe find it in an emanation from a penumbra of the 14th Amendment, but that's not what true conservatives do.

3. It's patriotic to dislike government and to want less government. Really? So government is unpatriotic? Just an odd statemtn.

You also know that formerly hip phrases like "shoutout" and "back in the day" have gone mainstream when a 40-some-odd-year-old white woman from Alaska uses them.

Geoff said...

I ran it by Scalia. He thinks you're a punk.

Dave said...

once saw dave winfield hit a line drive off the green monster that was still rising when it hit the wall.