Toby’s Sunday Nine: Tom Grieve’s Birthday
Toby descends from a pack of wild dogs that have roamed the mystical lands of Transvaal where he’s been waiting to read the first boxscores of the 2012. He’s made his way to the White Tank Mountains for Rangers Spring Training and is giving TR Sunday off so Toby can bark a few very random baseball and non-baseball thoughts.
2. Also born on this date in Voss, Norway one of the greatest college football coaches in history: Knute Rockne.
3. Speaking of the first Spring Training box scores: the Baseball Hall of Fame credits Henry Chadwick (the patron saint of Postcards From Elysian Fields) with the invention of the modern day box score, as well as the statistical formulas for batting average and earned run average.
4. Today in history – you pick the most significant event: a) 1933 – Franklin D. Roosevelt is inaugurated to his first term as president in Washington, D.C b) 1789 – the first Congress of the United States meets in the New York and declares and the Constitution is in effect c) 1634 – Sammuel Cole opens the first tavern in the City of Boston Massachusetts
5. The passing of Davy Jones this week brings to mind a couple of trivial pursuit facts about the Monkees: Stephen Stills (Crosby, Nash, Stills and Young and the Buffalo Springfield) recommended Peter Tork to the producers of the show. Texan Mike Nesmith’s mother was the inventor of Liquid Paper. Mickey Dolenz was a child TV star for 3 seasons (1956-1959) as “Circus Boy” under the name Mickey Braddock. Davy Jones was on the Ed Sullivan show the same night as The Beatles first appearance, he performed a song from “Oliver” – the show he was in (and was nominated for a Tony award) in 1964.
6. Keeping up with former Rangers: RHP Tommy Hunter has been bothered by back soreness and has been scratched from his first Spring Training start on Tuesday. From the Washington Post: the competition for Nationals utility infielder is between Steve Lambardozzi and former Ranger IF Andres Blanco.
7. Strangest diagnosis of the week: Mets 1B Ike Davis has “valley fever” which is described as “a fungal infection that is released from the dirt in desert regions of the Southwest and is inhaled. It can be stirred up by construction and winds” Davis lives in Arizona during the off-season, and has been given a few days off to recover. Hope it’s not contagious
8. Speaking of the Mets, here is what Mets owner Fred Wilpon said this week “I was tired of throwing money at something and not getting success” Without further comment – growl!
9. Finally – a little fun with numbers. Taking the AL Standings from 2000-2011 and applying the new “extra Wild Card” format, the following AL teams would have made the playoffs:
2000 – Cleveland
2001 – Minnestoa
2002 – Boston or Seattle
2003 – Seattle
2004 – Oakland
2005 – Cleveland
2006 – Anaheim
2007- Detroit or Seattle
2008 – New York
2009 – Texas
2010 – Boston
2011 – Boston
Woof! Woof! – Toby