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    Birthdays: 5/3

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    Homer Bailey (26) -His nickname is supposedly "Batman" due to his resemblance to Christian Bale. I kind of see the resemblance, but I never knew about the nickname. Also, that arrow tattoo on his arm kind of bugs me for some reason.

    Ryan Dempster (35) -At the time, we couldn't wait to get rid of him...just goes to show, I guess...

    Bob Buchanan (51) -Logged an 8.44 ERA for the '85 Reds.

    Eppa Rixey -I always thought "Jeptha" was his middle name; actually it was a nickname that he gradually adpted as his middle name. Eppa was a rarity in the baseball of his era; a college-educated intellectual who taught Latin and took graduate school classes in the off-season. Heckuva pitcher, too...

    Others:

    Darren Dreifort (40) -The 5 year, $55 million contract he signed in 2001 will go down in the hall of fame of unfortunate contracts. It's not like he didn't try; he's supposedly had 22 surgeries over the years.

    Davey Lopes (67) -One of the few Dodgers I couldn't make myself hate; kind of Joe Morgan Lite.

    Red Ruffing -Red is a prime example of an odd syndrome: the pitcher who pitches badly for a bad team, then really well for a good team. Ruffing pitched on a bad staff in Boston and was one of the worst pitchers on the staff statistically; then when he went to the Yankees, who had a great staff, he became better than the good pitchers. Bill James had an explanation for this, but I forget what it is. Anyway, Red eventually served as pitching coach for the 1962 Mets, which doesn't exactly brighten up one's resume.

    George Gore -Led the league in pretty much every offensive category in 1880; later in his career he became the first player to make a habit of drawing bunches and bunches of walks.
    "In baseball, you don't know nothin'"...Yogi Berra

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    Re: Birthdays: 5/3

    I have a HR ball from Lopes that I got from game 1 of the famous July 1, 1973 doubleheader with the Dodgers. I'll always hold a special place for him as long as he is around.
    Reds Fan Since 1971

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    Re: Birthdays: 5/3

    Quote Originally Posted by chicoruiz View Post
    Homer Bailey (26) -His nickname is supposedly "Batman" due to his resemblance to Christian Bale. I kind of see the resemblance, but I never knew about the nickname. Also, that arrow tattoo on his arm kind of bugs me for some reason.
    I thought Homer was his nickname.
    I used to be indecisive. Now I'm not so sure.

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    Re: Birthdays: 5/3

    Quote Originally Posted by chicoruiz View Post

    Davey Lopes (67) -One of the few Dodgers I couldn't make myself hate; kind of Joe Morgan Lite.
    He ranks sixth on the All-Time list with an 83.01% stolen base success rate.

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    Re: Birthdays: 5/3

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Borkowski View Post
    I thought Homer was his nickname.
    It is. His given name is David.
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