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A Baseball Lifer, RIP

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 4, 2014


To call Don Zimmer a “baseball lifer” isn’t doing much justice to the life of a lifer…….

Everyone knows who he was, everyone loved him. I stole this from wikipedia:  he married his one and only wife (Soot. Come on, “Soot?” lol)  at home plate before a minor league game in 1951. He started dating her in 10th grade, I’m not sure she knew what she was getting herself into. But if you’re a chick and your nickname is “Soot” you’re probably cool with getting down and dirty with the ballgame back in the 50’s. That reminds me of Jerry Garcia’s wife “Mountain Girl”. I’m gonna go out on a limb and assume both of these chicks didn’t earmark too many dollars towards razor blades……

He coached on the Giants staff in 1987. Maybe it was because that was such a magical year, but he seemed to be around SF a lot longer than one year.

Probably because he was always “around”. After his playing career ended  (um, Zimmer stole 45 bases?) he managed 4 teams. He coached on 11. Most recently, he coached on the Rays staff for the last 10 years. Think about that, you just break off a clean decade like it was a piece of cheddar at the end of your 66 year career in a random gig like The Rays. I guess that’s how you get to 66…..

None of us will ever forget the bizarre mismatch between Zimmer and Pedro Martinez during a 2003 playoff game. I’m not going to give the link, it’s painful to watch. Pedro did nothing wrong there, in my opinion. You have some dude zeroing in on you, you have like half a second to recognize the threat, and then you just quickly decide to send him past you. Adrenaline is up. I don’t fault Pedro there. And Zimmer’s apology after the game was one of the most heartfelt apologies I’ve ever seen a baseball professional man make publicly.

Every baseball dugout should have a *Don Zimmer* sitting on it’s bench. And you’d think that there’s a million *lifers* who could do just that. And yet, I can’t think of another one who did it quite like Zimmer. One lifer. Gone today. Easy to honor.


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  1. chipower9 said, on June 5, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    So, who takes the hit tomorrow to clear room for Cain? Do they shorten the bench again, or do they send a pitcher down?

    • zumiee said, on June 5, 2014 at 11:30 pm

      Hopefully Huff is sent down, and Perez stays, after hitting a game-winning HR. That would be pretty rough to send Perez down. Plus, the Giants need a full bench. After Cain returns, Petit becomes the long-man again, and Huff becomes a luxury the Giants can’t really keep.

  2. zumiee said, on June 5, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    The history of first round picks for the Giants since the mid-1960s is a pretty surreal trip through memory lane. Some hits, lots of misses, and some blasts from the past. And picks that led to World Series rings!
    And some picks whose time in the bigs is yet to come.
    Johnnie LeMaster was a first round pick? Who knew?

    2014 Tyler Beede RHP
    2013 Christian Arroyo SS
    2012 Chris Stratton RHP
    2011 Joe Panik SS
    2010 Gary Brown CF
    2009 Zack Wheeler RHP
    2008 Buster Posey C
    2007 Madison Bumgarner LHP
    2007 Tim Alderson RHP
    2007 Wendell Fairley OF
    2006 Tim Lincecum RHP
    2003 David Aardsma RHP
    2002 Matt Cain RHP
    2001 Noah Lowry LHP
    2001 Brad Hennessey
    2000 John Bonser RHP
    1999 Kurt Ainsworth RHP
    1998 Nathan Bump RHP
    1998 Anthony Torcato 3B
    1998 Arturo McDowell OF
    1997 Jason Grilli RHP
    1996 Matt White RHP
    1995 Joe Fontenot RHP
    1994 Dante Powell OF
    1993 Steve Soderstrom RHP
    1992 Calvin Murray OF-3B
    1990 Adam Hyzdu OF
    1990 Eric Christopherson C
    1989 Steve Hosey OF
    1988 Royce Clayton SS
    1987 Mike Remlinger LHP
    1986 Matt Williams SS
    1985 Will Clark 1B
    1984 Alan Cockrell OF
    1984 Terry Mulholland LHP
    1982 Steve Stanicek 1B
    1981 Mark Grant RHP
    1980 Jay Reid 1B
    1979 Scott Garrelts RHP
    1979 Rick Luecken RHP
    1978 Bob Cummings C
    1977 Craig Landis SS
    1976 Mark Kuecker SS
    1975 Ted Barnicle LHP
    1974 Terry Lee 2B
    1973 Johnnie LeMaster SS
    1972 Rob Dressler RHP
    1971 Frank Riccelli LHP
    1970 John D’Acquisto RHP
    1969 Mike Phillips SS
    1968 Gary Matthews OF
    1967 Dave Rader C
    1966 Bob Reynolds RHP
    1965 Al Gallagher 3B

  3. stickman said, on June 6, 2014 at 4:30 am

    They’re actually starting to come around. Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports rates the Giants #1 in his power rankings with Oaktown getting the nod for #2. Toronto at third place gives the Eastcoasters some cachet. Oh how the mighty have fallen, with teams like Bahhstin and the Evil Empire hunkered down somewhere in the tidal swamps. Those Bay Bridge games coming up soon will loom pretty huge. May the guys with the nicest playpen be the winners.

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