Tagged: Hall of Fame

Boomer Don’t Go!

Boomer3a You have to admit, no matter what, David Wells brought something to baseball no other seemed to match – gumption.

After being released by the Padres, Wells, 44,Boomer2a  will have some difficult decisions to make over the next few days.

Every day I check the internet to see if he landed on another team, or decided to call it a day.

This search led me to a column by Tim Sullivan of the Union-Tribune in San Diego.  Mr. Sullivan spelled it out – time goes on, but look at what he’s done. I think at the very least he deserved to be recognized for his accomplishments in the game, and not just on recent performance. 

(http://www.signonsandiego.com/sports/sullivan/20070809-9999-1s9sullivan.html)  It’s a great read btw.

I was only 6 years-old when Wells pitched his perfect game. How cool it would have been to be there.

Having spent most of his time in the AL while I was growing up, I never got to see him in person until two-weeks ago in Houston.  I was in complete awe. 

I have interviewed a lot of high profile major leaguers, and I was very excited when he was scheduled to pitch on this trip. I submitted my interview request and  I couldn’t wait to try and sit and talk with him.  Unfortunately, after the shaky outing, the interview didn’t happen.  I hope to get the opportunity to interview him one day, but of course, that would mean him not retiring, and then playing with a NL team that makes its rounds to Houston or close by. 

But don’t rule me out hoping on a plane if he signed with another team and the opportunity presented itself. (Right mom?  Hop on a plane? With a little – ok a lot – of nudging from me, who knows, she just might do it!  She’s one of Boomer’s biggest fans, and being a sports photographer, took about a million pictures of him when he was here. There will certainly be no shortage of David Wells photosBoomer4a  if anyone needs one. BTW, she taught me to love baseball early on, and I thank her for that. ) Boomer5a

If I could make the decision for Wells, I would say kick the mud off the shoes, saddle up and give it another go.  Go out your way – when you want – and show ‘em you still got game. 

But if he decides to retire, that’s ok too. He has nothing to hang his head over and we wish him the very best. 


Astros Retire Jimmy Wynn’s Number

I wasn’t even born when Jimmy Wynn played baseball, but I sure knew about him. 

Nicknamed The Toy Cannon, Wynn made a name for himself, especially in the hearts of Houston fans and current players such as Craig Biggio.Biggio_congratulates_wynn_1

Originally signed by his hometown Cincinnati Reds in 1962, he  made his big league debut in 1963 in Houston.  He was named MVP in 1965, and earned an All-Star nod with Houston in 1967. Among his many Astros accomplishments, Wynn batted .255 with 223 home runs and 710 RBI.

He was traded to the Dodgers in 1973 and played two seasons there, and earned two more trips to the All-Star Game.

Retiring his No. 24, it makes him the eighth player in Astros franchise history to have his number retired.

Wynn was honored that so many showed up at the ceremony, especially his old roommate, Joe Morgan.Jimmy_wynn_and_joe_morgan

He told me a lot has changed in the game since his day’s of playing. "There are stronger and bigger players", said Wynn, "and a lot more money." (laughs)