Saturday, April 3, 2010
#160 - Graig Nettles
What I thought about this card then: Never saw it. My first recollection of a Graig Nettles card was the 1978 card of him charging out of the batter's box.
What I think about this card now: It was one of the last I obtained when I was collecting the entire set. I think it was the final Yankee that I needed.
Other stuff: Well, you can't be a Dodger fan and not think of the 1978 World Series when you come across Nettles' name. His plays at third base were very frustrating and played a huge part in turning the tide of the Series against the Dodgers.
Nettles was a slugger for those Yankee teams of the '70s, but wasn't much of a high average-on base guy. He was also the instigator for a lot of pranks in the Yankee clubhouse in those days, earning the nickname "Puff," for starting trouble and then disappearing before anyone knew what happened.
His controversial book, "Balls," basically got him shipped to San Diego and he ended his career with the Expos.
Nettles made an appearance in my area a couple of years ago and the person who interviewed him for our paper had a few colorful stories about Nettles, but I'm embarrassed to say that I don't remember them.
Also, I was always annoyed by people who called him "Craig Nettles." But I just read on his wikipedia page that his mother named him "Graig" because she didn't like the names "Greg" or "Craig."
Hey! What's wrong with Greg? It's a heck of a lot better than "Graaaaaaiiiiiiigggggg."
Other blog stuff: I will be taking a brief break on this blog for the holiday. By the way, this color combo goes very nicely with Easter, so I am officially calling it the "Marshmallow Peeps" combo. Enjoy your Easter.