Most of us older geezers will never forget what happened in Atlanta on Aug. 1, 1978, for several reasons.
First, Garber is a local guy. Second, Rose is a legend. Third, Rose reacted like a total jerk after our favorite righthanded sidewinder ended his streak in a game between the Braves and the Cincinnati Reds.
Utley responded with dignity and grace after Feliciano fanned him in the ninth inning to snip his string at 36 games Friday night.
“I had a blast,” the Phillies’ second baseman told reporters after the game. “It was a great time, and I had a good time with you guys as well.”
Rose is a lot more outspoken than Utley, and he spat out a mouthful of sour grapes after Garber struck him out on a low, outside changeup in his last at-bat and ended his streak at 44 games, which is still a National League record.
Pete was miffed because Garber didn’t challenge him with good pitches to hit.
Nor did Rose like it when Garber leaped off the mound with both arms raised after fanning him to end the game.
“Garber was pitching like it was the seventh game of the World Series,” Rose told reporters. “He had a 16-4 lead.”
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