Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Countdown to Opening Day, by the Numbers...10 out of 10

I've been looking forward to the start of the baseball season by looking back, back at the numbers of baseball, because, as baseball fans, we all know how important numbers are to the National Pastime.

Today I look at the number 10.

The #10 is the Cubs 3rd baseman Ron Santo, clicking his heels after a win at Wrigley Field, and yes, Ron Santo belongs in the Hall of Fame.
#10 Rusty Staub, who has his #10 retired by the Montreal Expos.

#10 is Indians Coco Crisp, the Rockies Dante Bichette, and the Orioles Miguel Tejada.

10 is how many American League Pennants the Detroit Tigers have won.

10 is how many World Series Championships have been won by the St. Louis Cardinals.

10 is how many Gold Gloves were won by the legendary Al Kaline playing right field for the Detroit Tigers in the 1950s and 1960s.

The #10, Leon Durham of the Cubs, and the "Big Cat," Johnny Mize of the Cardinals.

#10 is "The Hawk," Andre Dawson of the Expos and the Cubs, swooping into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

#10 is the Atlanta Braves 3rd baseman Chipper Jones, the 1999 N.L. MVP, the Blue Jays Vernon Wells, and the great Cardinals 2nd baseman and future Manager, Red Schoendienst.
#10 is outfielder Justin Upton of the Diamondbacks, and catchers Jeff Torborg of the Dodgers, and Bob Montgomery of the Red Sox.

The number ten is a special number to many fans, and teams have retired #1o for men who made the #10 their own, men like...

Hall of Fame manager of the Big Red Machine, the late Sparky Anderson, who guided the Reds to 4 National League Pennants, and back to back World Series titles in 1975 and 1976.

To Royals fans, the #10 is the late Dick Howser, their skipper that led them to the 1985 World Series win over the Cardinals.

Yankee fans will tell you that the #10 is, well..."Holy Cow, look at that," the voice of "The Scooter," Phil Rizzuto.

Ten...a perfect 10 out of 10...who's your favorite #10?

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