Thursday, November 29, 2007

Remember when Curtis Leskanic signed that deal? I didn't

As sure as taxes and Ben Sheets going on the DL with an ingrown toenail, every year my mom gets me one of those desk calendars with sports facts on each date. I put it on my desk at work and dutifully peel off sheet after sheet, very little registering with me. But yesterday my On This Date In Baseball calendar made me stop and laugh out loud.

On this date in baseball: November 28, 2000
Curtis Leskanic (9-3, 2.56, 12 saves) agrees to a $7.2 million, three-year incentive-laden contract with the Brewers, which can almost double based on performance. The 32-year-old closer converted 11 of 12 save chances after former Milwaukee closer Bob Wickman was traded to the Indians on July 28.

This is the most notable thing that happened on a November 28 in baseball history? Really? This didn't even make Leskanic's Wikipedia entry. (Did you realize he was on the '04 Red Sox, got a ring, and got the win in game 4 of the ALCS?)

I had to see for myself, so I went to to take a look. And you know what? This one qualifies. There are a couple other noteworthy occurrences - George Steinbrenner is suspended, Pete Rose is no longer eligible for Hall of Fame election, Hal Newhouser named AL MVP - but I suppose the faithful readers of the On This Date In Baseball calendars would be up in arms if they saw the same historical nugget repeated in two straight years.

The bigger piece of this story was that Wickman was traded (along with Steve Woodard and Jason Bere) for Richie Sexson. Good old days, when all we were trying to do was unload our all-stars for promising youngsters ... have we officially left that zone?

Bonus Curtis Leskanic material: A story from The Onion


mjschwal said...

As for the Onion article - it must have been a Brewers fan that wrote it. Just check out this paragraph:

"When [White Sox outfielder Scott] Podsednik hit that home run in Game 1 of the 2005 ALDS, all I could think was, 'Damn you, Leskanic!'" said Allston, MA resident Terry Bresler. "But if the Sox can beat the Rockies this year, I might be able to finally forgive Tony Graffanino for that error he made in Game 2 of that series."

No way that three one-time Brewers appear on accident.

"Damn you, Leskanic!" I like it. Maybe, I'll use that anytime something unfortunate happens to the Brewers next year.

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