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A Baseball Signing
January 30, 2014 - Al Stephenson
Some of the offseason contracts signed by baseball players slip right by with barely a notice. One caught my attention this past week however. The Boston Red Sox signed Grady Sizemore to a one year deal. My immediate reaction was a good feeling for a player that has been beset by a number of injuries and hasn't played since 2011. Once the centerfielder and leadoff hitter for the Cleveland Indians, Sizemore thrilled Tribe fans with his offense, defense and base running exploits. Off the field, he was never in trouble. In short he was a player you loved to root for.
Then came all the myriad of injuries and it appeared his career was over. He now has a chance to resurrect that career and I hope he is successful.
In my travels to major league stadiums a number of things stand out. I saw Lou Brock steal a couple of bases in St. Louis. I saw Nolan Ryan strike out the side in the Astrodome, though he ended up on the losing end of an 11-0 score. I watched Tom Seaver get his 300th career win in Yankee Stadium. Those are memories that I will never forget.
You also recall some not so baseball related situations. I was pleasantly surprised when my wife sent me for ice cream in Shea Stadium and the cup I brought back contained Breyer's ice cream. It was relatively new in Ohio though I had eaten it as a kid any number of times while visiting my mother's relatives outside of Philadelphia while growing up. I tasted fish tacos in San Diego and they were as awful as they sound. You had to know some of my memories would involve food!
I also recall a Grady Sizemore moment in Cleveland in a game he didn't even play in. After the game we were leaving the ballpark when we noticed a fan carrying a large 2'by 3' poster. He was chattering about not getting to display it and we soon found out why. He had gone to a print shop to blow up a photograph that he wanted to show Sizemore from the centerfield bleachers. The photo was taken of the character Grady from the TV show Sanford and Son. It was a classic that never got to happen, but we laughed about it for days and I still vividly recall the incident.
The view from my seat suggests that I hope Grady Sizemore will have a great comeback to his career. It couldn't happen to a better guy. If only it wasn't the Boston Red Sox, or New York Yankees, or Detroit Tigers or...
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