As a Wisconsin high school kid, I got his autograph in Milwaukee after a game in the 1957 Series, along with that of many others, including Mickey, Whitey, Yogi (my hero then), Moose, Hank Aaron, Warren Spahn, Eddie Matthews and Lew Burdette. Getting Jerry Coleman’s was the most difficult as, in suit and tie and movie star handsome, he was surrounded by Milwaukee women.
They entered the series 6-15 and were facing the defending World Series champion Giants, who entered the series with a 13-9 record. I think many believed this would be a sweep, just not by the Padres. They never blew the Giants out, winning by one twice and two once, but getting a sweep in the first place is worthy of an A. And they even had a dramatic victory Saturday, overcoming a 5-0 deficit and getting a walkoff victory in 12 innings. Well done, San Diego. You get a much-deserved A here.
A few days ago, Chris Young and the Mets agreed to a one-year contract. However, that agreement was pending a physical exam, which was no small hurdle for a pitcher with Young’s recent history of health problems. But worry no more (if you were worrying) - news is out now that Young has passed his physical, and has officially been signed.
C.Y. and Scott Hairston will now work in Queens. Who knows if Young will bounce back, it’s Hairston’s bat that I’ll miss more.