October 3, 1990 |
For the first time in his life, George Brett felt old. He wasn't hitting, and the home fans were booing him. People were saying he was a washed-up complainer. This bothered Brett. At the plate, he felt uncomfortable. He felt slow and old. Maybe I can't hit, he thought. Maybe I should retire. Then one day in May, at Fenway Park, he swung at a pitch and fouled it off. He stepped out of the batter's box. "That was the best swing I've had all year," he said to himself. He stepped back in and swung at the next pitch.
July 26, 1999 |
If baseball is dead, you would have had a tough time convincing those 50,000 people who camped out on a sun-baked hillside yesterday to honor the baseball heroes of their lifetimes. They came from Texas to cheer Nolan Ryan. They came from Kansas City to give George Brett one last serenade. They came from Milwaukee to salute Robin Yount. They came from all over the map to honor Orlando Cepeda. This was one of those days out of another time, a day when baseball still ruled the sporting earth.
September 25, 1993 |
George Brett, the Kansas City Royals' most celebrated athlete over the last two decades, is not commenting on a published report that he has already made up his mind to retire. A story published yesterday in the Los Angeles Times quoted an anonymous source that said Brett would retire. It also quoted John Wathan, Brett's former teammate and manager, saying a member of Brett's family had told him Brett would retire. Wathan denied being the source of the leak. "I never said that, it's a total lie," said Wathan, now a coach with the California Angels.
September 4, 1990 |
Bobby Thigpen set a major-league record for saves in a season and Carlton Fisk smacked a tie-breaking homer in the sixth inning last night to boost the Chicago White Sox to a 4-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals. Thigpen, whose 47 saves are more than any major-league team except Oakland, started the ninth. He retired Kevin Seitzer on a ground ball, and, after a single, George Brett grounded into a double play. Thigpen had tied Dave Righetti's mark of 46 saves on Saturday in Anaheim, Calif.
July 27, 2013
Tim Hudson is out for the season with a broken right ankle, leaving the Atlanta Braves without the leader of their pitching staff as they make a push for the pennant. The team said Hudson will have season-ending surgery in Atlanta once the swelling subsides. The righthander was injured Wednesday night when Eric Young Jr. of the New York Mets inadvertently stepped on the back of Hudson's right leg while the pitcher was covering first base. Mets' Young hurt It could be karma, but the Mets' Young, the man who caused Hudson's injury, was pulled from Thursday's game with pain in his right knee.
October 15, 1997 |
George Brett said yesterday his interest in buying the Kansas City Royals is getting keener after meeting with the man who appears to be his main competitor. Brett and his brother and business manager Bobby met with Jerry Green, a Kansas City banker and car dealer who also is heading a group of potential investors. Green held a news conference last month urging the Royals' board of directors to begin the bidding process. Afterward, the board said it would. Another interested group headed by Kansas City businessman Frank Oddo has since dropped out. After Green and the Bretts met for about an hour, they insisted they did not discuss joining forces.
June 26, 2013 |
The difficulty Hall of Famers such as Ted Williams and yes, Mike Schmidt, have had as managers is kind of understandable. What can they say? "Hey, kid, just go do what I did. " The latest Cooperstown plaque having less success coaching than playing is George Brett, the last guy to get close to Williams' mark of .400. Brett, though, always said hitting was easier for him to do than demonstrate. Now three weeks into a monthlong experiment as the Kansas City Royals' hitting coach, Brett is finding it slow going.
October 4, 1990 |
George Brett almost cried. Making history will do that to you. Brett, who won his third American League batting title yesterday, became the first major-leaguer in history to win a title in three different decades. A base hit in one official at-bat yesterday afternoon against the Cleveland Indians, in the Royals' final game of the season, raised his average to .329. Afterward, eyes moist, voice cracking, the Kansas City first baseman took off his Spokane Chiefs cap, raked a hand through his hair and let the feeling wash over him. "Aaah," he breathed.
June 3, 1986 |
Things are tough in the American League, too. Just ask these four guys: CARLTON FISK. Not to sound omniscient or anything, but you could see Fisk's troubled year coming on four months ago, couldn't you? Here he came, flying off the finest season of his career (37 homers, 107 RBIs, even 17 stolen bases). Then along came the White Sox this winter to throw every conceivable obstacle into his effort to repeat it. They tried to trade him to the Yankees. That didn't come off, so they decided to change his glove's mailing address to left field.
May 27, 1986 |
By now, you know all about baseball's big dramas this year. Will there be a Subway Series? Will Dave Stieb ever win a game? Will the Cardinals some day put their batting averages back on the scoreboard? Will Rand or McNally step forward and direct Bobby Witt to the nearest strike zone? Heck, if you can't follow that stuff, you probably have trouble following the plot of Love Boat. But there are other dramas taking place out there that aren't quite so visible to the naked box score.