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tony1972
11-14-2006, 03:21 PM
Who was your favorite Sox player (past or present) not because of their performance on the field..but just their overall character/personality, etc.?

One of my favorite's was Carlos Lee...just his dropped fly balls, getting caught on the Green Monster's scoreboard at Fenway Park, etc, I thought that guy was hilarious...

I remember a game while the Air and Water show was going on downtown..the Indians had the bases loaded and were batting..

Magglio was paying attention to the batter at the plate and Carlos was looking up at the planes..of course the hitter hits the ball directly to Carlos and about 3 runs score...one fan in the bleachers started yelling "quit looking at the airplanes Carlos !..pay attention to the hitter !" and he looks into the stands to see who is yelling and whack the next batter hits the ball to him and another couple runs score....

He was also the best player on Kids Days with the Kids...I regretted his trade not because he was a good player..but just a character...

Baby Fisk
11-14-2006, 03:37 PM
From An American Classic: the World Series at 100 by Ken Leiker:

One day in New York, 22-year-old "Neon" Deion Sanders of the Yankees, a two-sport player earning millions, hit a pop-up and walked toward first base. The 42-year-old Carlton Fisk, who was behind the plate, stalked angrily toward Sanders and shouted, "Run it out, you piece of ****!" Approaching the plate for his next at bat, Sanders felt the piercing glare of Fisk and muttered something about slavery having been abolished. The boiling Fisk retorted that Hank Aaron and Willie Mays ran out their pop-ups when they played, and that Sanders, less than a month in the big leagues, damn well would do it, too. Fisk got into Sanders' face and shouted, "Let me tell you something, you little **********, there's a right way and a wrong way to play this game. You're playing it the wrong way -- and the rest of us don't like it!"

Ho ho. Nuff said.

Dick Allen
11-14-2006, 05:35 PM
Walt "No Neck" Williams. One had to laugh just looking at him and his body movements.

esbrechtel
11-14-2006, 09:11 PM
From An American Classic: the World Series at 100 by Ken Leiker:

One day in New York, 22-year-old "Neon" Deion Sanders of the Yankees, a two-sport player earning millions, hit a pop-up and walked toward first base. The 42-year-old Carlton Fisk, who was behind the plate, stalked angrily toward Sanders and shouted, "Run it out, you piece of ****!" Approaching the plate for his next at bat, Sanders felt the piercing glare of Fisk and muttered something about slavery having been abolished. The boiling Fisk retorted that Hank Aaron and Willie Mays ran out their pop-ups when they played, and that Sanders, less than a month in the big leagues, damn well would do it, too. Fisk got into Sanders' face and shouted, "Let me tell you something, you little **********, there's a right way and a wrong way to play this game. You're playing it the wrong way -- and the rest of us don't like it!"

Ho ho. Nuff said.

i always LOVED this story...

flo-B-flo
11-14-2006, 09:30 PM
Walt "No Neck" Williams. One had to laugh just looking at him and his body movements. Indeed......Always loved this guy. Him and his kids were always a big hit at the father and son doubleheaders we went to.

Ozzie was fun to watch....Making conversation with the catcher while wildly swinging at balls.

Fisk......that double out against the yankers......was the topic for months.

Gregory Pratt
11-14-2006, 09:43 PM
When Thome was asked if he voted for AJ, he said, "Yeah, a few times, maybe ten. But I have a job, you know!"

Brian26
11-14-2006, 09:43 PM
Hands down, Salome Barojas. That guy was a prankster.

DC Sox Fan
11-14-2006, 10:03 PM
From An American Classic: the World Series at 100 by Ken Leiker:

One day in New York, 22-year-old "Neon" Deion Sanders of the Yankees, a two-sport player earning millions, hit a pop-up and walked toward first base. The 42-year-old Carlton Fisk, who was behind the plate, stalked angrily toward Sanders and shouted, "Run it out, you piece of ****!" Approaching the plate for his next at bat, Sanders felt the piercing glare of Fisk and muttered something about slavery having been abolished. The boiling Fisk retorted that Hank Aaron and Willie Mays ran out their pop-ups when they played, and that Sanders, less than a month in the big leagues, damn well would do it, too. Fisk got into Sanders' face and shouted, "Let me tell you something, you little **********, there's a right way and a wrong way to play this game. You're playing it the wrong way -- and the rest of us don't like it!"

Ho ho. Nuff said.

Do you know how many times I had my finger pressed against the monitor, counting asterisks, just trying to figure out what words could be made from said characters? I was seeing more stars than glass joe in a game of Mike Tyson's punchout.

My favorite of all time is Wayne Nordhagen. After all, my folks organized his "fan club" and I got to shake his hand in Balmur when I was a wee tike.

Zisk77
11-14-2006, 10:44 PM
I was at a game when ozzie played where apparently the home plate umpirehad a very emphatic strike call and mechanic. Ozzie spent the entire day at ss mocking the call with exaggerated gestures after every strike. plus he never stopped talking and making goofy throws to first between innings.

Jacob Nelson Fox
11-14-2006, 11:15 PM
Smoky Burgess: Waddle up to the plate as a pinch hitter in a crucial late game situation. Blister the first pitch into centerfield for a single. Wait patiently at first base for a pinch runner. Waddle back to the dugout. Another successful day at the office for Ol' Smoky! :smile:

gaelhound
11-15-2006, 12:12 AM
Ed Herrmann, you could empathize with this big guy wearing the tools of ignorance and oozeing Stroh's on a hot summers day. Fearless and a hustler!

johnr1note
11-15-2006, 01:15 AM
How about Ivan Calderon? A hard nosed ball player who could turn the most routine flyball into an adventure!

EastCoastSoxFan
11-15-2006, 08:15 AM
How about Ivan Calderon? A hard nosed ball player who could turn the most routine flyball into an adventure!I remember once at a game in 1990 Ivan Calderon was hanging out near the left field line during batting practice, and whenever a ball was hit to him he would throw it to the fans in the upper deck down the left field line.
And speaking of 1990, I remember Ken Patterson and Scott Radinsky both being pretty crazy characters. One time Patterson was called in to face a left-handed batter; and he walked this batter on four pitches, all of them close. Jeff Torborg immediately came out to replace him with a right-hander, and as Patterson was walking back to the dugout he threw up his hands with a somewhat melodramatic "What the hell am I supposed to do?" look on his face. It was priceless.

Frontman
11-15-2006, 08:21 AM
Current roster, Paulie. As much as he drives me crazy with the "Elvis knee drop" on a popup, he plays with a lot of heart; and won me over with the final out ball to Jerry. That was something. Now granted, when he comes up to bat, I tend to "MST3K" his routine at the plate.

"Lets see. Adjust the gloves, helmet on tight. Tap, tap with the bat on the plate, shimmy the hips a bit to sink those cleets in. Here comes the pitch...."

[FOUL, OUT OF PLAY]

"Ok, that didn't work. Back out, adjust the gloves. A few practice swings. Helmet's on? Yeah. Tap, tap with the bat on the plate, shimmy the hips a bit to sink those cleets in. Here comes the pitch...."

[TAKES A BALL]

"That certainly wasn't my pitch. Back out, adjust the gloves, bat in one hand, practice stepping into the pitch, Helmets on?......(and his bat continues)"

[Actually, I do that for a number of players. Thome, I figure he's apologizing to every position player as he rounds the bases. "Golly, I'm sorry, I didn't mean to hit it THAT far. Can you believe it went up to the concourse? How you doing? I can see if the umpire will throw you another ball." Also when he doesn't like the call, he seems to be saying, "Gosh darn, man. I'd argue that one, but I'm Big Jim Thome. I don't argue anything!"

AJ with his Dennis the Menace rocking while in the batters box makes me think he's taunting the pitcher "I know something you don't know, I know something you don't know." Also, his dopy trot back to the dugout cracks my wife up. She thinks he should just walk behind home to get back to the dugout, as he really looks goofy.

And Mark Burhele when he sets himself always looks like he sighs. Gets the signal, big sigh, WAM! the pitch is on its way.

As far as a classic player, I loved Fisk. For his attitude, for his style, for his in-your-face intenstity.

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Sargeant79
11-15-2006, 11:52 AM
"Lets see. Adjust the gloves, helmet on tight. Tap, tap with the bat on the plate, shimmy the hips a bit to sink those cleets in. Here comes the pitch...."

[FOUL, OUT OF PLAY]

"Ok, that didn't work. Back out, adjust the gloves. A few practice swings. Helmet's on? Yeah. Tap, tap with the bat on the plate, shimmy the hips a bit to sink those cleets in. Here comes the pitch...."

[TAKES A BALL]

"That certainly wasn't my pitch. Back out, adjust the gloves, bat in one hand, practice stepping into the pitch, Helmets on?......(and his bat continues)"

[Actually, I do that for a number of players. Thome, I figure he's apologizing to every position player as he rounds the bases. "Golly, I'm sorry, I didn't mean to hit it THAT far. Can you believe it went up to the concourse? How you doing? I can see if the umpire will throw you another ball." Also when he doesn't like the call, he seems to be saying, "Gosh darn, man. I'd argue that one, but I'm Big Jim Thome. I don't argue anything!"



LMAO. That was great.

eriqjaffe
11-15-2006, 11:59 AM
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"Man, how many times to I have to drop my pants for you people?"

Sargeant79
11-15-2006, 01:10 PM
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"Man, how many times to I have to drop my pants for you people?"

I remember watching that game when I was 11 or 12 and asking my Dad why Steve Lyons just took his pants off.

This is a great thread. Though I'm surprised there haven't been any Carl Everett stories yet.

MDF3530
11-15-2006, 05:03 PM
How about Ivan Calderon? A hard nosed ball player who could turn the most routine flyball into an adventure!Do you cohost an afternoon show on the Score with Terry Boers :redneck ?

MDF3530
11-15-2006, 05:04 PM
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"Man, how many times to I have to drop my pants for you people?"How about the time he was playing tic-tac-toe with Wally Joyner :redneck ?

miker
11-15-2006, 05:06 PM
I'm dating myself, but I'll split my vote for "funniest player" between a young Venezeulan shortstop named Ozzie Guillen and utility guy named Steve "Psycho" Lyons based solely on their on-field performances.

Wsoxmike59
11-15-2006, 06:59 PM
Two pages in and so far no mention of Jay Johnstone or Ron Kittle? Those two guys were noted pranksters and club house funny men.

And even though he was a short timer as far as the Sox are concerned, Steve Sax was a funny guy in the club house as well. Teammates loved "Saxy" for his intensity and his sense of humor.

veeter
11-15-2006, 07:53 PM
From An American Classic: the World Series at 100 by Ken Leiker:

One day in New York, 22-year-old "Neon" Deion Sanders of the Yankees, a two-sport player earning millions, hit a pop-up and walked toward first base. The 42-year-old Carlton Fisk, who was behind the plate, stalked angrily toward Sanders and shouted, "Run it out, you piece of ****!" Approaching the plate for his next at bat, Sanders felt the piercing glare of Fisk and muttered something about slavery having been abolished. The boiling Fisk retorted that Hank Aaron and Willie Mays ran out their pop-ups when they played, and that Sanders, less than a month in the big leagues, damn well would do it, too. Fisk got into Sanders' face and shouted, "Let me tell you something, you little **********, there's a right way and a wrong way to play this game. You're playing it the wrong way -- and the rest of us don't like it!"

Ho ho. Nuff said.Man, I love Carlton Fisk.

ajismyhero
11-16-2006, 09:21 AM
Present: AJ
Past: Fisk

You gotta love the catchers with Attitude.

Madvora
11-16-2006, 09:35 AM
Jose Valentin and Greg Norton

soxrme
11-16-2006, 11:43 AM
Two pages in and so far no mention of Jay Johnstone or Ron Kittle? Those two guys were noted pranksters and club house funny men.

And even though he was a short timer as far as the Sox are concerned, Steve Sax was a funny guy in the club house as well. Teammates loved "Saxy" for his intensity and his sense of humor.
I was going to mention those guys and going back further Jungle Jim Rivera who was always good for quotes.

Myrtle72
11-16-2006, 11:49 AM
Present: AJ
Past: Fisk

You gotta love the catchers with Attitude.

Exactly! I agree 100% :D:

Cuck_The_Fubs
11-16-2006, 03:53 PM
Willie Harris was always a funny guy. But, personally im a Carl Everett fan when it comes to this stuff. I just get a hoot over that dinosaur stuff:redneck

By the way, good thread!

SoxShirt
11-16-2006, 04:52 PM
I'm going to have to go with Buehrle.

palehosepub
11-19-2006, 07:10 PM
True story. My former company was a big sponsor of the Special Olympics, which was a great charity to support. Our company managment would volunteer to help out at the Special Olympics for a variety of jobs including taking tickets, setting up displays, etc. Once when I volunteered I was picked to be a "celebrity escort" - Dale Earnhart was the main guest as well as former Chicago sports greats - Bob Love of the Bulls, Dennis Lick of the Bears, former Olympic stars, etc. Anyway, when the time came for me to be paired up with a celebrity I was placed with fomer White Sox and Cubs pitcher Steve "Rainbow" Trout. He was hilarious. As people lined up for his autograoh, people would ask him what he was doing after retirement - and the funny thing was that he told each person who asked a different story. He would say he was a boxing promoter, a pitching instructor, a store manager, a minor league pitcher, etc. Each time the story was different. The funny part of the story is I really think he belived the dozens of stories he was telling. After a while he would spot a pretty young lady in the crowd and he would send me to fetch her and introduce her to him, where he would pull out old baseball cards of himself and give them to the young ladies with his phone numbers written on the back. It was one of the most entertaining nights I ever had..

Cuck_The_Fubs
11-19-2006, 07:47 PM
True story. My former company was a big sponsor of the Special Olympics, which was a great charity to support. Our company managment would volunteer to help out at the Special Olympics for a variety of jobs including taking tickets, setting up displays, etc. Once when I volunteered I was picked to be a "celebrity escort" - Dale Earnhart was the main guest as well as former Chicago sports greats - Bob Love of the Bulls, Dennis Lick of the Bears, former Olympic stars, etc. Anyway, when the time came for me to be paired up with a celebrity I was placed with fomer White Sox and Cubs pitcher Steve "Rainbow" Trout. He was hilarious. As people lined up for his autograoh, people would ask him what he was doing after retirement - and the funny thing was that he told each person who asked a different story. He would say he was a boxing promoter, a pitching instructor, a store manager, a minor league pitcher, etc. Each time the story was different. The funny part of the story is I really think he belived the dozens of stories he was telling. After a while he would spot a pretty young lady in the crowd and he would send me to fetch her and introduce her to him, where he would pull out old baseball cards of himself and give them to the young ladies with his phone numbers written on the back. It was one of the most entertaining nights I ever had..
Lol, that's sweet:cool:

guillen4life13
11-20-2006, 02:11 AM
Jose Valentin was a character. I loved it when he hit that HR at Wrigley then did the Sammy Sosa post homerun routine for the camera.

Jack McDowell is a very nice guy from my experience. I'd put a vote in for him also.