Sunday, May 24, 2009

Vin Scully, on Maury Wills and Strawberries

Andre Ethier hugs Maury Wills before Friday night's game.

Cory Wade and Wills.

Vin Scully, during the fifth inning of today's telecast, after Juan Pierre had reached first on a walk:

So Pierre trying to explore Palmer's best move without getting caught. Dodgers 4, Angels 2, bottom of the fifth.

[Palmer throws to first and Pierre dives back headfirst.]

Maury Wills, if I remember correctly, almost always slid feet-first. And what the first baseman would do in those days would come down with a hard tag on his legs. Every time.

I mean, they were beating him up like a drum.

Pitch-out, no action.

And since he slid so much feet-first, Maury developed huge strawberries, as they call them. And it got so bad, and it was so ugly to look at, that Maury suddenly mentally did not want to slide. He had to go and get a little help.

You see them running and sliding, you don't think about the fact they're shedding skin down there.

Two balls, no strikes....

photos by Jill Weisleder/Dodgers