Mike Vail, Al Hrabosky and Dinner with Abraham Lincoln?


I had a great time at Citi Field last night with Kevin and Julie. It was a little chilly out there in left field with the wind whipping around, but we had fun, the Mets won the game and even though we didn’t get a ball, there were quite a few hit our way during batting practice (it’s not easy to move after them when you have a cane and braces and have to fight off other people) so Sean is hopeful he’ll get one when we go to our next game. Now back to yesterday’s question, which was:

Who’s your favorite player that many people may not be aware of or have noticed, past or present?

There were lots of answers to this one, and Bucky Dent seemed to get a view votes from people along the way. I actually have a lot of favorites who could fall into this category. A lot of the guys I have liked, not just from the Mets but from other teams, usually weren’t the best player on the team. I like guys who try hard and are good team players, but I also root for the underdog sometimes. Two guys who come to mind immediately who I liked as players were Joe Rudi and Butch Huskey. Joe Rudi was a good outfielder, not a great one and clearly not the best guy on his team when you have Reggie Jackson in his prime, but he always tried hard, playing the outfield really well, getting clutch hits and helping his teams win championships. Butch Huskey played for the Mets for a few years in the early 1990’s and was a big, friendly guy who had a few good years with the Mets playing the outfield and first base. I always liked him; he wasn’t the fastest guy, the best fielder or the best hitter, although he could hit some home runs, but he looked like he was always trying hard and always having a good time playing. Michelle and I had the pleasure of meeting him one day during batting practice before a game (we also met Doug Henry and Brett Butler that day) and he was just the nicest guy, with a big smile who was glad to answer questions and sign some autographs for everyone. He even hit a home run the day we were there, which endeared him to both of us even more (though Michelle will always like Mike Piazza and Sid Fernandez better, I think). There are lots more guys I could pick, but I’ll save some of them for another day.

Thanks to everyone who took the time to answer and a special thanks to Cliff Floyd and Tobin Bell (if you don’t know who he is, he plays Jigsaw in the “Saw” movies, and is a big baseball fan) for answering me on Twitter. For today’s question, let’s try another easy one:

Who is the historical figure you would most like to have dinner with?

You can choose anyone you want, past or present, living or dead. Whoever you think would be the most interesting person to have a meal with, that would offer you good conversation, some good insight or maybe just a few laughs and a good time. Think about it and let me know. You can post your answer on here, or on Facebook or on Twitter. I’ll ask a few people on Twitter as well and see how they respond. I’ll post my answer tomorrow.

I am sitting here typing while I watch the Mets game, so I may also decide to add some more of my story as long as I am here and up tonight. We’ll see how it goes. Until tomorrow, enjoy your evening and don’t forget to do something creative today (it’s not too late, there’s still time left in the day)!

4 Responses to “Mike Vail, Al Hrabosky and Dinner with Abraham Lincoln?”

  1. 1 MikeG

    Scott Conant
    “@IguanaFlats: @conantnyc Who is the historical figure you would most like to have dinner with?” Abraham Lincoln

  2. 2 MikeG

    amanda freitag
    Oooh good question..Julia Child RT @IguanaFlats: @amandafreitag Who is the historical figure you would most like to have dinner with?

  3. 3 MikeG

    Geoffrey Zakarian
    Milton Freidman @IguanaFlats

  4. 4 MikeG

    Ari Fleischer
    @IguanaFlats Abraham, Moses or Lincoln.

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