Saturday, July 22, 2006
Jewish Irony? Is the phrase redundant? In any case, who closes the door on the slumping Yanks last night, none other than "landsmen" Scott Schoeneweis? BTW, the Rhode Island kid on the left could be a future Jewish Major Leaguer. Great eye hand coordination, a natural. He qualifies as Jewish because his mom is and he was excited to know that the greatest Jewish major leaguer, Hank Greenberg, had a middle name of Benjamin. He also shows some grittiness, by being loyal to to his favorite player Derek Jeter in the middle of Bosox country. (I'm trying to start a Melky type rumor that Derek is Sephardic). BTW Brad Ausmus was overlooked in the Jewish bb player poll, (my online source didn't list him because his father wasn't Jewish).Yet, like the natural above, he still qualifies under the rule that you are considered a Jew if your mom is Jewish. He's never been much of a hitter, but he's one of the best defensive catchers in baseball and unfortunately the Yanks let him get away. From wikipedia: "Bradley David Ausmus (born April 14, 1969 in New Haven, Connecticut) is an American catcher in Major League Baseball with the Houston Astros. Brad's mother is Jewish; and his maternal grandfather was a rabbi. Ausmus was a standout athlete in high school, being named the Avon Old Farms Player of the Year in his senior season; he was a teammate of National Hockey League defenseman Brian Leetch on the Connecticut high school baseball championship team in 1984. Ausmus chose an unusual route to the major leagues: he played minor league baseball during the summers while attending Dartmouth College, from which he graduated with a B.A. in government. He was drafted by the New York Yankees in 1987 and selected by the Colorado Rockies in the 1992 expansion draft but did not appear in a major league game for either team. He also played for the San Diego Padres and Detroit Tigers. In 2004, Ausmus hit .248 with five home runs and 31 RBI in 129 games. He hit his second career postseason home run in Game 1 of the National League Division Series against Atlanta. He has caught at least 100 games in all of his 11 full major league seasons, and ranks third among active catchers in games played. He is the active leader in career RBIs among former Ivy Leaguers. His best season offensively was 1999 with the Tigers, where he batted .275 with 9 home runs and 54 RBIs, the last two being career highs. In Game 4 of the 2005 NLDS against the Atlanta Braves, Ausmus homered with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game at 6-6 and send it to extra innings; the Astros eventually won in the 18th inning of the longest postseason game in major league history. Ausmus and his wife Liz reside in San Diego with their daughters Sophie and Abigail. In the 2006 film The Break-Up starring Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston, Ausmus appears on Vaughn's television screen playing for the Houston Astros during an ESPN SportsCenter update.