Re: Birthdays: 1/27
Even though we're pretty far from 1/27, I'll put this Bob Borkowski update in since it's still fresh in my mind and I'll forget about it come next January.
We saw him at my niece's wedding last weekend. Sometimes at weddings he's pretty hard to talk to since some people discover that he was a big league ballplayer and talk to him endlessly. I've had to rescue him a few times from a well-meaning but long-winded person and say "hey Bush, we need you for a photo" when he just needs to get away. He's too nice to just say get outta here. But this wedding there weren't a whole lot of those folks around so I got to chat with him at length. He's doing pretty well for an 87 yr. old guy and still a handshake like an iron vise.
Out of the clear blue, he started talking about throwing BP to Jackie Robinson. At the end of his career, the Reds traded Bob to the Dodgers just in time for their pennant run and eventual World Series win. He said he hardly talked to Robinson, but one day Bob threw BP (he said he was doing whatever he could to hang on) and Robinson had a good day. So the next month or so, he threw BP to him. I think I've mentioned that Bob went to the 50 year reunion of the '55 Dodgers out in LA in 2005 and it was a big deal. Not many guys from that club left.
Reminisced about playing winter ball in Venezuela. He was newly married to Mary Anne then and they got treated like royalty. He said the team put them up in this gorgeous hacienda and they had a whole house staff of people waiting on them.
He said the Reds need to replace the whole left side of their team. Not a Cozart/Frazier/whoever in LF fan. He also said they have the best pitching he's ever seen.
He was happy that I've lost weight. The last time I saw him last fall, he really got on my case about it. And actually, he's one of the few people in my life that their opinion really matters so that really got to me. So I lost 30 lbs. Yay.
We made a lunch date with him and his daughter and her husband for later this summer.
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