#57 - (Dave Stewart)

This week there is no legal section of the blog.
Now for the Opening Day memory:
If one were to discuss “money” starting pitchers, Dave Stewart would have to be at the top of the list. Dave was at his best in the post season, where on the road to becoming a World Champion twice (with the Oakland A’s and Toronto Blue Jays), he was 8-0 in and a two time MVP of the ALCS. He also had a career 9-1 record against Roger Clemens. Money. Dave’s major league career, which began in 1978 with the Los Angeles Dodgers, certainly did not start smoothly. From 1978 until 1986, he floundered around in both the bullpens of the Dodgers, Texas Rangers and Philadelphia Phillies and the minor leagues, and ultimately was released by the Phillies in 1986. After being rescued from the proverbial scrap heap by the A’s in 1986, he merely was a 20 game winner for four consecutive years (1987-1990) with his best statistical year occurring in 1990 when he was 22-11 with a 2.56 ERA and led the American League with 267 innings pitched, 11 complete games and 4 shutouts. He was named MVP of the A’s 1989 World Series win over their local rival San Francisco Giants (the “Earthquake World Series”), winning two games including the series opener via shutout. He followed that postseason in 1990 with two wins against the Boston Red Sox in the ALCS, where he was named MVP, but the A’s were upset (in fact swept) by the underdog Cincinnati Reds in the World Series. During the 1990 regular season, he no-hit the Toronto Blue Jays the same night the Dodgers’ Fernando Valenzuela no-hit the St. Louis Cardinals, the first time ever there were no hitters in different leagues on the same day. After the A’s lost to the Blue Jays in the 1992 ALCS, Dave signed with the Blue Jays, was named the MVP of the ALCS against the Chicago White Sox and was a World Champion for the second time when the Blue Jays beat the Phillies in the 1993 World Series (highlighted by Joe Carter‘s walk off home run in Game 6). Dave finished his career with the A’s in 1995, did some coaching for various teams and now runs a sports agency where he has Matt Kemp among his clients. For me, interviewing Dave was enjoyable and quite memorable. Here are his Opening Day memories:

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#56 - (Mike Timlin)

This week there is no legal section of the blog.
Now for the Opening Day memory:
Four time World Champion Mike Timlin (twice with the Toronto Blue Jays in 1992 and 1993 and twice with the Boston Red Sox in 2004 and 2007) pitched in the big leagues primarily in relief for 6 different teams (also the Seattle Mariners, Baltimore Orioles, St. Louis Cardinals and Philadelphia Phillies). He pitched in 1058 games, winning 75 and saving 141. He probably is most known for his dominant fastball and being an integral part of the Red Sox bullpen, where he concluded his 18 year career after the 2007 season. Mike was honored by the Red Sox when they declared April 19, 2009 Mike Timlin Day at Fenway Park. Here is Mike’s Opening Day memory:

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