Originally Posted by George Anderson
Why did you choose his name?
I chose the name 'Bob Borkowski' for a couple of reasons. First, my real first name is Bob so I was shuffling through the file cabinets in my brain trying to think of Reds players from the past who also had the first name of Bob. Even though this was in 2000 the names I conjured up seemed to come from the time when I was a kid of 9 or 10 or 11 and that was in the early 50s. Bob Borkowski was my choice because he was from that era and he just seemed like a good guy...always did a workmanlike job as a Red.
Nobody appreciates the Big Red Machine days more than I do. Those days were glorious and I somehow thought that they would just go on and on and on. I was pretty shocked in '77 and '78 when things kind of fell apart. But to this day it is the awful teams of the early 50s that I remember with the most affection. Ted Kluszewski, Johnny Wyrostek, Roy McMillan, Bobby Adams, Ewell Blackwell, Willard Marshall...those are guys I think of first.
Once in a while I have a little trouble getting to sleep at night and I have found a technique that works really well in helping me drift off. In order to clear my mind of the day's activities I go through the alphabet A to Z and focus on which Red player comes to my mind first whose last name begins with that letter. 'A' for example is usually Bronson Arroyo...not sure why. But 'B' is a different story. Sometimes the name I think of is Bench but oftentimes it is Rocky Bridges or Fred Baczewski or even Bob Borkowski. I'm sure this all sounds kind of goofy but this system really works! I hardly ever reach the latter part of the alphabet. Oh, and by the way, I have lots of trouble with the letter 'I'.
Anyone else have a baseball-related system like this? Probably not, I'm goofy.