Dresden wrote: Ben Wilson25 wrote:
Dresden wrote:Since this is a baseball thread, just wanted to express my appreciation for Tom Seaver and all that he did in his storied career. During the late 60's, early 70's, there were so many great pitchers in baseball- Bob Gibson, Jim Palmer, Juan Marichal, Don Drysdale, Luis Tian, Mike Cuellar, Mickey Lolich and Denny McLain, Fergie Jenkins, Nolan Ryan, just to name a few- and Seaver was right up there with the best of them. You can't say enough about what he did for the Mets. Just a true legend of the game, hard to believe he has passed away already. Seems like just yesterday he was out there on the mound, throwing fastballs by everybody...
Stone Pony told a cool story last night about Seaver’s first major league game. They were playing the Cards and Bob Gibson was pitching. The first time Seaver comes to the plate, first pitch and Gibson puts a fastball right under his chin, walks halfway to the plate while Seaver is on the ground and says “Welcome to the major leagues.” Next inning Gibson comes to the plate and first pitch Seaver plays him the chin music. He walks halfway to the plate and says “It’s nice to be here.”
Awesome story. I'm sure Gibson respected him for that.
gibson was known to be a real dick, so given that he's still alive and pushing age 85 there's a chance that he's having a laugh right now. he also reportedly said to a catcher visiting him at the mound "the only thing you know about pitching is that you can't hit it"
"(Hank Aaron told me) 'Don't dig in against Bob Gibson, he'll knock you down. He'd knock down his own grandmother if she dared to challenge him. Don't stare at him, don't smile at him, don't talk to him. He doesn't like it. If you happen to hit a home run, don't run too slow, don't run too fast. If you happen to want to celebrate, get in the tunnel first. And if he hits you, don't charge the mound, because he's a Gold Glove boxer.' I'm like, 'Damn, what about my 17-game hitting streak?' That was the night it ended."
"Between games, Mays came over to me and said, 'Now, in the second game, you're going up against Bob Gibson.' I only half-listened to what he was saying, figuring it didn't make much difference. So I walked up to the plate the first time and started digging a little hole with my back foot...No sooner did I start digging that hole than I hear Willie screaming from the dugout: 'Noooooo!' Well, the first pitch came inside. No harm done, though. So I dug in again. The next thing I knew, there was a loud crack and my left shoulder was broken. I should have listened to Willie."
—Jim Ray Hart
another one from a message board:
"Hooray! A chance to share my dad's Gibson story.
He was taking part in a fundraising camp many years ago (I want to say in the early 80s) where you got to train with some Cardinals players for a day, and the big draw was at the end you could try to hit 3 pitches from Gibson. Everyone lined up at the end and were taking turns at bat. One guy, however, after whiffing on his three pitches says, "Come on, just one more." Gibson said nothing, just walked back up to the mound, wound up, and threw a heater high and inside. The man fell to the ground avoiding the pitch, and as he's standing up again brushing himself off Gibson asks, "want another one?""