Throughout his 18 year major league career (1993-2010), Brad Ausmus was known as a superior defensive catcher. He also (surprisingly to me) had a lifetime .251 average and over 600 RBIs. Brad played for the San Diego Padres, the Detroit Tigers and Houston Astros twice each, and closed out his career with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was most well known as an Astro where he won 3 Gold Gloves in 2001, 2002 and 2006, although he was an AL All Star with the Tigers in 1999. Brad was not fortunate enough to be a World Champion, but he did play in the World Series for the Astros when they lost to the Chicago White Sox in 2005 as well as in the post season on 4 other occasions (all with the Astros). Brad holds the major league record for most games played by a Jewish player (1,971); is a member of the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and managed Team Israel in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Brad is the current Manager of the Detroit Tigers. Here is his Opening Day memory.
“In 1995, we had an exhibition game in Anaheim the day before Opening Day. I was playing with the San Diego Padres and I got sick that night and was throwing up all night long. My wife thought I was nervous about Opening Day and that’s why I was throwing up. It turned out about 7 or 8 guys on the team all got sick from the food we had eaten the day before in Anaheim and a handful of guys actually missed the game because of it. That’s my most memorable Opening Day.”
Different. See you in two. Richie