"Lazzari's Sports Roundup" - - - - 9/17/11
Mind-boggling numbers: Going into last weekend's play (with only a few weeks remaining), Adam Dunn of the Chicago White Sox had mustered just 60 hits this season. If he finishes the year with approximately 80 hits or so, he will have earned $150,000 PER HIT this year--based on his $12 million salary. Wow.........TRIVIA QUESTION: Who was the last member of the Los Angeles Dodgers to lead the National League in runs scored? Answer to follow..........Lazzari's "Lopsided Score of the Week": In a college football game played last weekend, Campbell dismantled Apprentice 76-0. My first reaction? When you lose by more than TWELVE TD's, you truly ARE an "apprentice"--and have a LONG way to go in order to become a skilled tradesman..........Did you know that Paul O'Neill led the 1992 Cincinnati Reds in home runs with a total of just 14? Teammates Reggie Sanders, Chris Sabo, and Barry Larkin tied for second on the club with a dozen apiece--while Larkin led the team in RBI's with a rather modest total of 78..........This week in sports history, September 21, 1934: At Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, the Dean brothers--Dizzy and Paul--win both games of a doubleheader as the Cardinals sweep past the hometown Dodgers. Dizzy threw a three-hit shutout in the opener--winning his 27th game of the year during a 13-0 rout. Paul Dean went a step further in the nightcap--throwing his first career no-hitter during a 3-0 Redbirds victory. Paul, a rookie right-hander, allowed only one base runner during his masterful performance--walking a batter in the very first inning..........If more MLB players were as articulate as the Yankees' Curtis Granderson, there would be a LOT LESS need to reach for the remote during baseball rain delays.........ITEM: Former NFL running back Chris Jennings is arrested in Ohio for driving 147 miles-per-hour (you read that correctly) in a 65 mph zone; yes, folks, that is more than 80 mph OVER the limit. My question is this: Where did this guy complete his drivers education training--at the BONNEVILLE SALT FLATS?..........Answer to trivia question: BRETT BUTLER--who scored 112 runs for Tom Lasorda's second-place ball club in 1991..........If I'm starting a female/over-40 celebrity softball team, how's THIS for a starting nine: Elle Macpherson, Sharon Stone, Diane Lane, Kathy Ireland, Christie Brinkley, Jennifer Aniston, Brooke Shields, Denise Richards, and Elizabeth Hurley? Yes, I may be aging, folks, but there is NOTHING wrong with my EYESIGHT..........When my Dad was alive, we'd often watch badly-pitched ballgames where he'd often say to me the proverbial, "Geez, Bob, that guy needs a TOUCHDOWN to win." Well, Dad, this one's for you: With an ERA of 6.30 going into this past week, Red Sox pitcher John Lackey not only needs a touchdown, but the EXTRA POINT, too! (I know you're chuckling, 'Big' Bob)..........Can you imagine if former All-American volleyball player April Chapple married ex-big leaguer Carlos May--divorced--then married former All-Pro linebacker Cato June? She'd make lovers of springtime very happy with the full name of April May June.........Happy birthday wishes go out to former MLB pitcher Jim Siwy--who blows out 53 candles on September 20th. His name may not immediately ring a bell and that's totally understandable. A native of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, Siwy played in just two big league seasons as a member of the White Sox (1982 and 1984)--appearing in just THREE games. In 11 1/3 career innings, Siwy allowed 13 hits and nine earned runs--thus going into the major league record books with a lifetime ERA of 7.15. Hey--they all can't be Ted Lyons, right? Best wishes, Jim..........Finally, condolences go out to the family of former college football player/coach Brent Wooten--who died recently after a lengthy illness at the age of 72. Wooten played halfback/defensive back for the University of Washington for three seasons. He was a member of the Washington squads that combined for a record of 20-2 in 1959 and 1960 and went to consecutive Rose Bowls. He later coached various sports, taught physical education, and served as athletic director at Eastern Washington. May Brent Wooten rest in peace.