Your Bill James quote du jour
From "Ellis, Richie and the Duke," a comparison of various HoF and HoF-argued center fielders:
Ashburn had a good year with the bat, but he was playing for the Mets, and he couldn’t see the humor in it.
It reminds me of that line, uttered by I forget whom, about Ashburn's time with the Mets…that the team lost 120 times, and 120 times Richie Ashburn went down kicking and screaming.With the benefit of hindsight, of course, the futility of that seems kind of funny to us…but Ashburn didn't know it was the 1962 Mets and that he should probably just work on his tan out there.He got mad.I admire that.
The piece (which also contains a weird simile, followed by an apology by James for listening to the country music that led to it; heh) is from James's website, which he updates quite frequently; it does have a subscription fee, but I believe it's a pittance along the lines of $3 a quarter, and if you'd like to read his treatise on the steroid era — which many many other commentators have been discussing in the last couple of weeks — it's well worth the price of admission.
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