George Brett is my all time favorite baseball player. Ever. Period. End of story.
I grew up playing 3B in little league, and it was natural that I had to pick between Brett, Mike Schmidt, and (as a Braves fan) Bob Horner. The choice was easy for me. Not sure why, but I gravitated towards Brett and those early 80’s KC teams. What a great pick! I think Brett is the only player to win a battle title in three different decades – 1976 (.333), 1980 (.390), and 1990 (.329). Amazing!
Today is the 25th anniversary of the Pine Tar Game
It was the famed Pine Tar Game — Royals against the Yankees — and Thursday marks its 25th anniversary. Brett says he can’t count the number of times that he has seen the famous clip, but says “I have the game on tape, I watch it once a year with my boys. They don’t want to watch the whole game, they just like to watch the aftermath when the umpire calls me out. When I first saw the replay, I had no idea what I had done. I said, ‘You’ve got to be s——- me. I did that in public?’ [Former manager] Earl Weaver said he didn’t know what he was doing when he went out to argue a call. I had no idea what I was doing. When I looked at the replay, I was pretty amazed that I’d gotten that angry.”