You Never Forget Your First: Ballplayers Recall Their Big by Josh Lewin

By Josh Lewin

Having already penned getting into the sport, his within scoop at the mayhem inside baseball's wintry weather conferences, Josh Lewin once more supplies baseball lovers a window into the massive leagues. through interviewing gigantic league ballplayers approximately their first day within the majors, Lewin creates interesting mini-biographies of the gamers, highlighting the personalities hidden at the back of the on-field accomplishments. He shall we the gamers recount their very own thoughts of the way they made it to the large leagues.In You always remember Your First, Lewin stocks the tales of gamers nice and not more so. Tony Gwynn recollects singling in his first at bat and discovering Pete Rose expecting him first and foremost base with a wink and a caution: "Don't holiday my checklist all of sudden, kid." Bob Brenly heard of his call-up at the vehicle radio whereas on a kinfolk journey to the Grand Canyon. He then stood helplessly in the course of the Arizona desolate tract after his transmission gave out, attempting to persuade passersby he was once a ballplayer heading to the large leagues and wanted a boost to the airport. Duane Kuiper witnessed a struggle either at the box and in his personal clubhouse his first day in Cleveland. Greg Maddux recollects being caught on the Chicago River drawbridge, confident he'd by no means make it to Wrigley box in time for his debut.Lewin interviews glossy celebrity avid gamers similar to A-Rod, Barry Bonds, and Manny Ramirez, in addition to corridor of Famers similar to Jim Palmer, Don Sutton, and George Brett. greater than a hundred renowned baseball avid gamers are profiled, entire with the field ratings in their enormous league debuts.

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29 ................. 11402$ CH14 07-01-05 14:54:51 PS PAGE 29 30 ࡗ YOU NEVER FORGET YOUR FIRST BOXSCORE Texas Rangers 9, Oakland Athletics 5 Game Played on Tuesday, September 30, 1986 (Night) at Arlington Stadium Oakland 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 — 5 8 0 Texas 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 2 x — 9 7 4 BATTING Oakland Athletics Davis rf Murphy cf Canseco lf Bochte 1b Kingman dh Lansford 3b Hill 2b Willard c Javier pr Griffin ss Rodriguez p Plunk p Mooneyham p Bair p Totals AB 5 5 3 4 4 4 4 3 0 4 0 0 0 0 36 R 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 H 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 8 RBI BB K PO 1 0 1 3 0 0 4 2 0 1 0 2 1 0 1 5 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 1 10 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 2 11 24 A 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 6 FIELDING PB: Willard (3) BATTING 2B: Canseco (29, off Brown); Willard (7, off Brown); Griffin (23, off Loynd) BASERUNNING SB: Davis (25, 2nd base off Brown/Slaught); Lansford (16, 2nd base off Loynd/Mercado) CS: Griffin (15, 2nd base by Brown/Slaught) Texas Rangers AB R H RBI BB K PO A McDowell cf 4 2 1 0 1 1 2 0 Fletcher ss 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 2 Wilkerson ss 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 O’Brien 1b 1 1 0 0 3 0 7 0 Paciorek 1b 1 0 1 2 0 0 2 0 Incaviglia rf 3 1 0 1 1 2 0 1 Brower lf 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Sierra lf-rf 4 1 1 3 0 1 2 0 Parrish dh 3 1 0 0 1 3 0 0 Slaught c 2 1 1 0 1 0 4 1 Mercado c 1 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 Buechele 3b 3 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 Stanley 3b 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 Browne 2b 4 1 2 1 0 1 0 4 Brown p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 Loynd p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Totals 31 9 7 8 8 9 27 11 Kenny Rogers and I both broke in around the same time, and here we are both still cooking, huh?

And Syd was standing there smiling when I looked at him. I went from Phoenix to Pittsburgh, playing with the Hawaii team in Triple-A . . I got to Pittsburgh but had to sit around for five days waiting for Trench Davis to clear waivers. Syd had a lot of explaining to Also on May 30, 1986 Eighteen-year-old Juan Gonzalez signs with the Texas Rangers. AUTHOR’S NOTE: Barry Bonds’s first seven seasons in the majors produced 222 home runs and 679 RBI, compared to Gonzalez’s first seven full seasons of 296 home runs and 928 RBI.

11402$ CH16 07-01-05 14:54:55 PS PAGE 33 34 ࡗ YOU NEVER FORGET YOUR FIRST BOXSCORE Cleveland Indians 14, Oakland Athletics 6 Game Played on Tuesday, August 22, 2000 (Night) at Jacobs Field Oakland 0 2 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 — 6 12 1 Cleveland 0 5 2 4 2 0 1 0 x — 14 16 1 BATTING Oakland Athletics Menechino 2b Long cf Tejada ss Stanley 1b Christenson ph-rf Piatt rf-1b Grieve lf Byrnes dh Chavez 3b Hernandez c Heredia p Olivares p Tam p Totals AB 3 6 4 4 0 3 5 4 5 5 0 0 0 39 R H 1 2 0 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 2 2 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 12 RBI BB 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 6 K PO A 0 3 5 0 3 0 0 2 1 1 7 1 0 0 0 2 2 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 2 2 1 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 8 24 11 FIELDING DP: 1 E: Heredia (1) BATTING 2B: Menechino (8, off Finley); Stanley (10, off Finley); Hernandez (11, off Martin); Chavez (18, off Reed) 3B: Long (4, off Finley) HBP: Menechino (1, by Martin); Byrnes (1, by Reed) BASERUNNING SB: Byrnes (1, 2nd base off Finley/S.

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