Friday, June 19, 2009

Vin Scully, on My Way

Vin Scully on last night's telecast, after Russell Martin beat out a soft grounder to short:

It reminded me of one of the great hitters the game has ever seen, who was a marvelous player for the Pittsburgh Pirates a long time ago, Paul Waner.

And Paul Waner was very close to his three-thousandth hit. And it was the second game of a doubleheader, late in the second game.

The bunt will be picked up by whom? Suzuki, to get him.

Anyway, Paul Waner hit a slow ground ball to short, similar to that play. And they gave him a base hit and Waner stood at first base and kept waving up to the official scorer.

"No, no, no, I don't want that hit!"

So, they said, "Well, if you don't want it, you don't get it."

So they took the hit away. That was the end of the doubleheader.

The next day was an off-day, then his first time up the next game: Bam! Base hit. Three thousand base hits.

And he said, "That's the way I want it."

So if anybody ever talks about a hitter screaming and hollering, "I don't want the hit," remember Paul Waner.


Eric Stephen said...

That guy is (Big) Poison. Can't get him out of my mind...