Lagniappe Lane, August 2017

Lagniappe Lane, August 2017


A Great Yogi Berra Story

Yogi Berra

Our unsung Larry Dierker Chapter leader, Bob Dorrill, brought this one back from the recent national convention of SABR in NYC. Hope you get the same smile that found its way to my heart from these written words that I got from Bob’s wonderfully timed telling of the story over the phone:

In his very late years of life, Yogi Berra’s wife, Carmine Berra, one day suggested to her husband that they needed to make a decision about where he wanted to be buried.

Her questions of Yogi then covered his three most logical options:

“Do you want to be buried in your hometown of St. Louis? After all, you and Joe Garagiola are still the two most famous ballplayers who hail from “The Hill” Italian section.”

“How about The Bronx? That’s always going to be the place where you went on to big things in baseball with the Yankees.”

“Or how about New Jersey? Our kids and grand kids all live around here. And it would make it very easy for everyone to come visit you more often.”

Yogi thought about his three best choices quietly for a minute. Then he looked across the kitchen table at Carmine with a smile and a two-word answer.

“Surprise me,” Yogi said.


Lovable Blummer’s Unholy Place in Astros History

 Former Astros infielder Geoff Blum was later a member of the Chicago White Sox when the Pale Hose squared off against the Houston Astros in 2005.

Remember? After two very disappointing losses in Chicago, Game Three was pretty much of  a make-or-break game for the Astros in the first of only two World Series games ever played in Houston, and lovable Geoff “Blummer” Blum was about to play a major role as a late-night nail driver for the Chicago cause.

In a game that started as a confrontation between ace Roy Oswalt of the Astros and Jon Garland of the Sox, our boy Roy went 6 and Chicago’s Jon went 7  before the game moved on to relievers with Chicago up by 5-4 going into the bottom of the 8th. The Astros tied things at 5-5 on a double RBI by Jason Lane, but the game ground its way into extra innings, tied 5-5, going into the top of the 14th.

Famous  Astros reliever Ezequiel Astacio came in to pitch the top of the 14th for the Astros. After he got the first two outs on a single and follow up double play grounder, here came Blummer to take his cuts from the left side against the right-handed Astacio. Blum lifted a high fly ball to deep right. If memory serves, it didn’t clear by much, but it was enough. Blum’s HR had given the Sox a 6-5 lead they would not relinquish. The Sox added a walked-in second run before the inning was done to boost what would become the final winning score of 7-5, but it didn’t matter. Geoff Blum’s homer in the 14th of Game 3 had destroyed his former club’s last realistic chance to turn things around and, rightly so, provided Blumer with his highest moment of achievement in professional baseball.

The following day, the White Sox also took Game 4 by 1-0 to complete their sweep of the 2005 World Series and end their own skid from grace since their last 1917 championship year. As for the Astros, well, as you know, our guys are still working on their return to The Show.

Glad you are on our side again, Blummer!


“HOW DUMB ARE WE?” Product Warning Signs

  1. Remember to remove windshield screen cover before starting your engine and putting the car in motion.
  2. In case of fire, take the stairs, not the elevator. *

* Saw this one today on my way into the new two-story building that now houses one of my doctors. Nothing wrong with this sign, but I question its placement between two external choices of entry by elevator or stairwell. I’m already outside. If I can see the building is on fire, why would I want to enter the place by either route?


Double Side Warning Sign Tags to Non-Baseball Spouses That Maybe Should Come Attached to Baseball Fanatic Partners

  1. (Side One) Don’t expect any squishy personal relationship talk with me during the baseball season.
  2. (Side Two) Try not to bother me either during the off-season at those times you find me staring out the window.


Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle

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3 Responses to “Lagniappe Lane, August 2017”

  1. Tom Hunter Says:

    For whom is the sign in the Post Office that reads “Seeing Eye Dogs Only” intended?

    The most difficult thing for a writer to explain to his wife is that when he is staring out the window smoking a cigarette, he is working.

    • Bill McCurdy Says:

      (brand new “just woke up” parody; based on lyrics and music to the old song, “All of You”, as sung, writer to spouse)

      All I do, the whole night through,
      Is dream of you!
      And when I wake, to frost the cake,
      I write some too!

      You’re my early spring!
      My late fall thing!
      You’re everything,
      That hope does bring!

      And when I stare,
      It’s ’cause I care,
      Writing everything!

  2. sabertone22 Says:

    You hit a nerve with this “Blummer” story. I do not watch the Astros on TV with the sound on. Of all people for the Astros to hire as the other person in the broadcast booth! Every time I see Blum or hear his voice it reminds me of that game 3. Did anyone in upper management think of this? Did anyone else interview for the job?

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