I wasn’t even born when Jimmy Wynn played baseball, but I sure knew about him.
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.
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)
It’s a great day at the ballpark when baseball greats like Dusty Baker recognize you.
Before an Astros vs. Cubs game, Mr. Baker came up to me after batting practice and shook my hand, asked me how I was doing, and invited me in to the dugout to talk, which is something we’ve done several times. It was awesome. He always likes to talk about how his team is doing and how guys are doing. He explained how his team is made up a little differently this year, maybe not so much as the same power as last year, but that they have the ability to produce more runs and speed and that they still had the same outstanding pitching. It’s great to sit one on one with a manager and dig a little bit into what they are thinking. He told me about what they need to work on, what decisions are still up in the air, and about some of the guys who are no longer with the Cubs.
He’s very optimistic about this season, and looks forward to it.