Wednesday, April 9, 2009
The Great Moose Skowron
Everyone knows how I feel about Moose Skowron. He is the funniest guy at the ballpark most days. Sometimes, he is even trying to be funny.
I wandered out to watch BP and catch some fresh air. Moose was there and we talked as the Sox finished hitting and the Kansas City Royals warmed up.
“Look at that,” Moose said as the Royals players stretched with large rubber bands during their pregame. “When I played, we didn’t do (bleep).”
“What did the Yankees do to prepare for a game?” I asked. “Did you stretch or play catch?”
“We played catch to get ready for batting practice,” Moose replied. “And we always took infield. When Ted Williams took batting practice, we all stopped and watched. That’s how much respect we had for him.”
“How about spring training?”
“We never ran,” he said. “When you came out of a game, you ran three sprints and then walked back to the clubhouse. That was it.
“Now, I walk through the clubhouse and see all those machines, geez,” Skowron said. “In spring training, we had one field, a half field and one batting cage to hit in. Joe DiMaggio brought Marilyn one time to watch us take batting practice.”
Skowron toured the Sox new hydrotherapy room, which features a hot tub, cold tub and underwater treadmill.
“I can’t swim,” Moose said. “If I played today, I’d drown.”
Skowron said he gave Dewayne Wise a pat on the back today.
“I told him I went 0-40 once, then got a broken bat hit and went 1-21 … 1-61 overall and still hit .319 for the season. It was my second year. I went 19-21 at one point in Cleveland.”
This question from Jerry Reinsdorf today at lunch (eventually, I nailed it):
Name the player who played for one franchise in three different cities?