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Five factoids about last night’s Cardinal pitchers to make you feel really old

May 4, 2013

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The Cardinals used four pitchers last night to wipe out the Brewers 6-1, and if you’re like me, you had two consistent thoughts running through your head as you watched them work:

1) “Man, these kids are good! Everything we’ve heard about the Cardinals’ farm system was true!”

2) “My God I’m old.”

Everyone else is writing about #1 today, so I’m going to focus on #2, and offer these five quick bits of trivia to make you feel as crusty and curmudgeonly as possible:

  • Add up the ages of yesterday’s four hurlers—Shelby Miller (22), Carlos Martinez (21), Seth Maness (24), and Fernando Salas (27)—and they’re still only four years older than Red Schoendienst (90). If Mike Matheny had opted to use Trevor Rosenthal (22) in the ninth instead of Salas, Red would have had a one-year advantage on them.
  • Of the four, only Salas was alive when Ozzie Smith hit his “go crazy, folks” home run in the 1985 NLCS. Don’t ask him about it, though, because he was four-and-a-half months old.
  • In 1990, the year Miller was born, Jose Oquendo set a record for fewest errors in a season by a second baseman, with three. Coincidentally, that’s exactly how many errors he made last night by sending lumbering baserunners home to be tagged out.
  • Martinez was four months shy of his sixth birthday when Chris Carpenter made his first major-league start in May of 1997.
  • Maness was born on October 14, 1988, one day before a hobbled Kirk Gibson prompted another great Jack Buck call (“I don’t believe what I just saw!”) with his game-winning homer in Game 1 of the World Series. The Dodgers are still showing that replay at every home game, by the way, because they’ve been waiting Maness’s whole lifetime for one to match it.
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One Comment leave one →
  1. SFGiantsLou permalink
    May 4, 2013 1:15 pm

    Love your posts. REALLY love your last comment. 😉

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