Thursday, July 20, 2006
Famous Duos (Part 1):
We'll start off easy here:
Brooks and Dunn
Derrick Brooks and Warrick Dunn were teamates on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for two seasons (2000 and 2001). Warrick Dunn left the Bucs in 2002 to be the featured back for the Atlanta Falcons. That same year the Falcons drafted Michigan State running back T.J. Duckett in the first round in hopes that he'd become their running back of the future. In 2003, Derrick Brooks led the Dunn-less Buccaneers to the Super Bowl, where they embarrassed the Oakland Raiders. Ain't life grand?
Hall and Oates
Jonny Oates and Dick Hall both played for the Baltimore Orioles in 1970. Dick had a nice season coming out of the bullpen with a 10-5 record and posting a 3.08 era. Young rookie Johnny Oates played in 5 games and had only 18 ABs. However, he did manage to drive in 2 runs. Johnny Oates later went on to manage the Orioles and Texas Rangers. It's all right here in this pretty little book...
Gilbert and Sullivan
New York Ranger's Rod Gilbert and George "Red" Sullivan were both teammates on the 1960-61 team. Sullivan, known for being a "standout penalty killer with a stellar poke check," played in one game with Rod Gilbert, the 8 time all-star. Interestingly enough they both wore the number 7, making them two of only five men in Ranger's history to wear number seven, before it was enshrined in the rafters at the Garden for Rod. Later they would go to write a series of 14 comic operas..... bastards!
Johnson and Johnson
Yeah, that one is too easy. I mean, Charles Johnson, himself, played with three Johnson's throughout his career. So, we'll leave you with that one to come up with on your own.
To conclude part one of this series, we leave you with one of our all-time favorite duos (they can't even fit on one page together!).
Weird but True (Minor League Edition)
But after 15 years of Country and Western dominance, Brooks and Dunn have grown bored. They wanted a new challenge, something to shake them out of their complacent mindset. And boy, did they find it.
The duo have covertly embarked upon a professional baseball career, and are currently pitching with the Northwest League's Eugene Emeralds (Class A Short Season affiliate of the San Diego Padres).
In a unique and quite baffling arrangement, Brooks and Dunn occupy just one spot on the Emeralds' roster. They are listed as #50 -- Brooks Dunn. According to scouts, Dunn (the blonde guy) has the better arm of the two. He has good command of his fastball, and his "12-6" curveball is one of the more deceptive breaking balls in the league.
Of course, Dunn is just one half of the equation. While his compatriot pitches, Brooks (aka the guy with the hat) lies flat on his stomach in front of the pitcher's mound, looking straight at the batter. As soon as Dunn delivers a pitch, Brooks leaps to his feet.
This serves two purposes -- it is distracting to the batter, and it gives the Emeralds a 10th man in the field. While the baseball rulebook has no specific clauses relating to moonlighting country music stars, several opposing managers in the Northwest League have filed complaints with the league re: the legality of "Brooks Dunn".
"I just don't see how the Emeralds can justify "Brooks Dunn", said Freddie Ocasio, manager of the Tri-City Dust Devils. "For starters, he is actually two people. And the faggy-looking one [Dunn] always talks his way out of balk calls by signing baseballs for the umpires".
But perhaps the Emeralds are the one at a disadvantage. "Brooks Dunn" is currently 1-4 with a 4.56 ERA, and have allowed 31 hits over a span of 25 innings. Such stats are not going to earn the duo a promotion Class A Advanced ball any time soon. The Emeralds, at 16-14, are currently in third place in the Northwest League's West Division.
That the caterwaulin' line-dancers are on the diamond in the first place is one of the odder stories in baseball this year, and a triumph in and of itself. We at High and Inside will attempt to follow the season of "Brooks Dunn" as it progresses, so please check back here for periodic updates.
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