Re: Experiences w/ballplayers-Good and Bad?
Jack Billingham lived around the corner from me. He was the most laid back guy you could imagine and was just a regular neighbor to all of us. His son and I played on the same baseball team and Jack came to our practices. I pitched and he actually taught me how to hold the ball with two fingers across the seams. A four seamer....from Jack Billingham! The only thing is, it wasn't a big deal because he was just Mr. Billingham, who by the way, pitched for the Reds.
I met Pete Rose when I was about eight. All I remember is that I was petrified. Couldn't say a word. My mom said Pete thought it was pretty cute...I've never heard the end of it, speechless in front of my idol.
Next Reds manager, second shooter. --Confirmed on Redszone.