I think it's fantastic news.
I think it's fantastic news.
I am reminded of the concept that he who is without sin should throw the first stone.
Under TD's no insult policy, it is important to be factual. Whatever past problems Knoblauch may have had, there is no evidence that such problems still exist. And after the dome dog incident, I would hope that people can be as classy as possible in this thread.
What did the Yankees sign him for $1.3 million more than he made in his last year with the Twins? Needed a few more years in Minnesota and then could be elected.
I'm working on a compilation of the best baseball movies of all time. I had not seen "Fear Strikes Out" the story of Jim Piersall and his tumultuous rise through the Red Sox organization. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0050383/
The movie is about mental illness. Now, I am not a shrink, and I am not qualified to diagnose Mr. Knoblauch, but he displayed some unique behavior patterns, including the inability to throw the ball to first base, and a reclusive retirement from the sport. Reports of domestic assault and divorce are generally good indicators that the problems on the playing field extended beyond the foul lines.
When the name "Chuck Knoblauch" came up in the Mitchell Report and the use of performance enhancing drugs, all Knobby could say was, "I don't want anything to do with baseball."
All I know is this: the guy has been through hell. Wouldn't it be great if Minnesotans could shower him with cheers, instead of Jeers, Duracells and Dome Dogs? We can do this.
Well deserved. It's time for Twins fans to cheer for Chuck Knoblauch again.
Knobby was my favorite player growing up. If I were to dig up my old baseball cards, I'm pretty sure there is still several pages in an album full of his cards. I was on a mission at one point to get every rookie card of his ever made. For 1991 alone, he was worth it. I was depressed when asked to be traded, and I still to this day do not understand the dome dog incident. It turns out that he wasn't as classy a guy as I had originally thought, but truth be told, that's probably true of a lot of athletes. In all, he deserves this honor.
I was starstruck when I ran in to Knobby at the old Moore Lake Norwest Racket, Swim and Fitness when I was 10. I was leaving the locker room when I saw Chuck walking in arriving for a workout. I stopped him to wish him luck in the upcoming season and told him how much of a fan of his I was and then I asked for his autograph. Except I had nothing for him to write with or write on. I asked him to wait right there while I ran and got a pen and piece of paper from the coat closet attendant. I ran back and found Chuck in the same spot waiting for me to return. I remember him being very kind and patient. He signed the paper and went on his way but in the process completely made my day and week. I couldn't believe I just got Knobby's autograph! In later years I was disappointed when he asked to be traded and felt even worse when he seemed to falter under the pressure of Yankee stadium and lost the ability to throw from 2nd to 1st. These things don't overshadow his 7 years of outstanding play for the Twins. This is an award Knobby deserves.