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  1. MooseinOhio said...

    I wonder if John Henry is hiding someplace in the heavens as I am sure Ted is actively looking for him to share his thoughts on the how it feels to be the joke he made him out to be in his death.

  2. Mode: Theif and Lair said...

    My favorite part of non-baseball related stories about former players is the throwing in of stats at the end to wrap-up the story.

    The last player to hit .400, Wiliiams died in 2000 and had his head frozen.

  3. DonCoburleone said...

    Enough already, when are they gonna clone his ass so we can finally end the debate about the greatness of ballplayers in generations past.  Clone him now and stick him in LF for the Red Sox and see how he does when he has to face 3 different relief pitchers late in every game of a 3 game series (instead of Jimmy Junkballer working on his 7th straight complete game and 140th pitch of the afternoon).

  4. Jason F said...

    I’m tired of Jimmy Junkballer not getting his due. Guy was a great player who lost the best years of his career while serving his country in war. Just because he doesn’t have the “stats” doesn’t mean he wasn’t wily, gritty and crafty.

  5. Kevin S. said...

    Clone him now and stick him in LF for the Red Sox and see how he does when he has to face 3 different relief pitchers late in every game of a 3 game series (instead of Jimmy Junkballer working on his 7th straight complete game and 140th pitch of the afternoon).

    Do we get to give him access to modern nutritional and exercise advances as well?  Can he take roids and greenies, to balance out the roids and greenies today’s pitchers take?  Does he get to face the ‘09 version of Dontrelle Willis, or just the ‘03 one?  Can he hit in the Great American Smallpark?  Face pitchers on a lower mound?  Hit with today’s juiced balls?  DH?

    Comparing him in terms of absolute skill doesn’t make sense, given that every player is, to a degree, the product of their environment.  Williams was one of the most dominant hitters relative to the environment he played in.

  6. Jack Marshall said...

    Ted is getting an especially rough cosmic payback for being a completely neglectful dad…an occupational hazard of the talented, ambitious and obsessed, but a choice nonetheless. Poor John Henry was a sad case, and Ted knew he was part of the problem. His late in life efforts to forge some kind of relationship with his son is what led to this horrible coda. Ted made John Henry a head case, and so..oh, never mind.

  7. MooseinOhio said...

    Jack – You make very valid points and Ted certainly was a better ballplayer and friend than he was a father, a fault lots of very successful men share.
    Maybe his being remember for his greatness as a player and his faults as a father is poetic justice.

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