Welcome to this edition of The Enemy Speaks. Here are the interesting tidbits gleaned recently from NOT listening to the Brennemen, but rather to the opposing team's announcers, who often have different, interesting, or mock-able insights, observations, and stories that the Brennemen don't work hard enough to harvest. Because while Marty and tHom have nothing to offer re: playing criticism, it never slows them down. Remember: always take the first pitch, but never walk.
Bob Uecker is an American treasure
Listening to Brewers announcer Bob Uecker was quite the welcome vacation from hearing tHom condescend perpetually, leaving us desperately gasping for a precious breath of silence. What really struck me was that Bob was full of energy and happy to be at the game...even when his team was striking out a ton during a series sweep. There is a lesson to be learned here that the Brennemen are too proud/arrogant to learn.
Bob's funny lines included this one:
"I remember seeing Broxton coming out of the Dodgers bullpen and thinking he was two people."
Uke waxes on Crosley
Bob talked about playing at the Reds' Crosley Field, and the unique slope of left field. He said that defenders would have to play on the top of the slope, because you could never effectively go up. What's more - and I had never heard about this before - you had to take care not to run too quickly down the slope, because you couldn't slow down coming down the slope, metal spikes or not. So if you were going to fast, you couldn't slow up and you couldn't reverse direction until you got to the bottom of the slope or fell down...both of which had high levels of likelihood. Here are some looks at that terrace and how a few players chose to play the infamous left field.
Here are a few photos showing the amazing size of our girthiest hurler:
The Reds were on the road in Florida. Not expecting the trade, the clubbies didn’t have any uniform pants big enough to fit Lee, who was 6’ 5" and around 260 lbs. What to do?
Then-announcer Joe Nuxhall was still throwing batting practice regularly at age 67. They gave Lee Smith the old lefthander’s uniform pants to try on. They were baggy and a little too large, but Lee didn’t pitch in either game in Florida, so they worked just fine for riding the pine in the bullpen.
Marty incredulously recounted the story, saying that Lee was "the biggest man in the world, and Joe’s pants are falling off of him!"
El Nino Destructor packed Broxy a lunch:
The Top 10 Heaviest MLB Players Since 1990
Position Name Weight Height Born Draft Year Drafted By Last Year Played 1B Walter Young 315 6' 5" 1980 1999 Pirates 2005 P Jonathan Broxton 300 6' 4" 1984 2002 Dodgers 2012 1B Dmitri Young 298 6' 2" 1973 1991 Cardinals 2008 1B Calvin Pickering 295 6' 5" 1976 1995 Orioles 2005 P CC Sabathia 290 6' 7" 1980 1998 Indians 2012 DH Adam Dunn 287 6' 6" 1979 1998 Reds 2012 P Jeff Fulchino 284 6' 5" 1979 2001 Marlins 2011 P Seth McClung 282 6' 6" 1981 1999 Devil Rays 2009 P Carlos Silva 280 6' 4" 1979 1996 Phillies 2010 P Renyel Pinto 280 6' 4" 1982 1999 Cubs 2010
That's right, 4 of the top 6 have been Reds. For those wondering how heavy Babe Ruth was during his playing days; he officially weighed in at 215 lbs but was rumored to have been closer to 250 lbs at his peak. Either way, he was well off the weights seen more recently.
Broxy's facial hair: A photo essay
Which is yore favorite? Baby Brox, Sideburns Brox, Stubbly Sideburns Brox, Van Dyke Brox, Stubbly Van Dyke Brox, or Almost Beard Brox?
Here is the fattest picture of him I could find:
Vaughn is best remembered for his participation in what the record books used to refer to as a "double no-hitter". On May 2, 1917, at the ballpark now known as Wrigley Field, Vaughn dueled with Fred Toney of the Cincinnati Reds for nine hitless innings. In the top of the 10th, the Reds scored on a couple of hits after Vaughn had retired the first batter, while Toney continued to hold the Cubs hitless in the bottom of the inning, winning the game for the Reds. With changes to the scoring rules in recent years, this game is no longer considered as a no-hitter for Vaughn, but is still the only occasion in major league history nine innings were played without a hit.
Also of note:
Hippo Vaughn was residing in Kenosha, Wisconsin when he was stabbed by his father-in-law at midnight on November 24, 1920, during an argument at the Vaughn home. At the time he was in divorce proceedings with a hearing set in a few days. His wife's father, former Kenoshan Harry DeBolt who now lived in the east, returned to Kenosha to attend the hearing. Newspaper reports at the time said DeBolt was angered over charges made by Vaughn that his wife had been friendly with other men.
However, James and Mrs. Vaughn had already effected a reconciliation before the case was to be heard. Their 9-year-old son was with them.
As Vaughn was returning to his home he was met on the street by his father-in-law, and an argument followed. DeBolt, according to the police report, slashed at the pitcher with a razor, cutting through his overcoat and inflicting a wound to the stomach. Vaughn was taken to the Kenosha Hospital and was able to leave the facility within a few days. Following the stabbing incident, DeBolt fled the city and was sought by police in several jurisdictions.