He came. He conquered. He came some more- Rick “Dick” Ankiel is no longer the property of the St. Louis Baseball Cardinals.
Finally the mothers of St. Louis can get a decent night’s sleep.
Over the years, we’ve made no bones about our fondness for the greatest pitcher/hitter/fornicator that this town has ever born witness to. So today is a day of mourning.
I suppose we knew deep down that Dick wasn’t coming back to the team that drafted him as a stud pitcher in 1997. But still, as word leaked out last night that he had agreed to a 1 year 3.25 million dollar contract with the KC Royals, we couldn’t help but be taken aback.
After all, this was the same guy that was awesome as a pitcher, completely lost ‘it’ in an epic playoff meltdown in the biggest media market in the world, quit pitching altogether, and made it back into the Cardinals line-up as a power-hitting OF.
All while moonlighting as a porn star.
Was he the perfect player? No. He wasn’t.
But I also don’t believe that St. Louis fully appreciated just what the hell this guy had done. A fraction of a percentage of players are good enough to get 1 win in the majors as a pitcher. A slightly smaller fraction of players are good enough to get one hit in the majors. Yet, somehow, this guy excelled in both.
That’s a freak. In all senses.
CardsDiaspora wishes Dick Ankiel all the best in Kansas City- he’s going to need it if he wants to get out of that town STD free…
Now some links…
- You watched the finale last night. Watch kids perform it today. Guido. LINK HERE (HT: AH)
- Interesting breakdown on profile pics for dating services and social media. LINK HERE
- Fun with the Cabela’s online help desk. LINK HERE
- Wanna see a box of wine explode in the microwave? Of course you do. LINK HERE
- Retired guy goes ahead and solves the mystery of Stonehenge. Seriously. LINK HERE
- The Top 10 ‘Pants on the Ground’ re-mixes. LINK HERE
- Damn you Rock Band. Why do you have to be so engrossing!?!? LINK HERE
- More optical illusions. Some people have tons of time on their hands. LINK HERE