Wow, there’s a slap in this NY Post piece: “Lucas Duda vows not to be the Mets’ next Ike Davis.” Ouch. “Remember, Ike Davis had a big year in 2012 (32 home runs), then hit nine and 11 home runs the next two seasons. Duda — who was third in the NL in home runs behind the Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton and the Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo — knows he has to prove he’s not a one-year wonder.” Well, I’m gonna stand up for my homey here and say he was not a “one-year wonder.” He finished seventh in NL Rookie of the Year voting in 2010 on the strength of 19 homers, 71 RBI, and outstanding defense at first base. The next season he appeared in just 36 games due to injury and still hit seven home runs and drove in 25, which project to 31 and 112, respectively over a 162-game season. He proved that was possible in 2012 with 32/90, although his batting average did suffer tremendously. So there.
Look who showed up on the field, post-New England Patriots’ Super Bowl win: None other than Tom Brady’s bro-in-law, Kevin Youkilis. Given that Youkilis was on the World Champion Boston Red Sox in 2007 (he was also on the team as a rookie in 2004 but was not on the W.S. roster), I wonder how it felt for him to be in that setting. Kind of sad that he played his last Major League game at the age of 34. Just goes to show you can’t take anything for granted, either as an athlete or a fan.
One of the scores of new baseball titles might be especially interesting to Jewish fans: Finding the Left Arm of God: Sandy Koufax and the Los Angeles Dodgers, 1960-1963. Haven’t read this yet (it just came out last week), but I must warn potential purchasers that this is not exclusively about Koufax, but rather the LA Dodgers of those years. In fact, Koufax had superlative seasons over the next three campaigns as well, including his iconic decision to sit out the first game of the ’65 World Series which fell on Yom Kippur.
Finally, I wonder if the world is ready for a movie about the men who invented to modern baseball card?Tags: Ike Davis, Kevin Youkilis, Sandy Koufax