Holy Crap, that’s Johnny Podres

One more story about that Jake Wood game in Detroit.   The Dodgers traded the great Johnny Podres to the Tigers a few weeks before, and in the top of the seventh he came in to pitch.  So here I am, still a Rookie, sitting on the bench after giving a Home Run, narrowing our lead to one run, and I was like “Holy Crap, that’s Johnny Podres.”  It was the first time I had seen him pitch, and this guy was legendary.  He was a southpaw who was the 1955 World Series MVP when the Dodgers beat the Yankees.  Podres takes the mound and proceeds to retire six in a row: Clete Boyer, Hal Reniff, and Tom Tresh, followed by Bobby Richardson, Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris. Wow!  I’m a 24-year-old rookie and I’m pitching in the same game as Johnny Podres.  That’s one of the many reasons I feel fully blessed by Baseball.

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