Finally, a feel good story
August 10, 2007
I know I’m only the 8,791st blog to post something about this, but Rick Ankiel homered yesterday in his first game back in the majors.
I can still remember watching him pitch in 2000. He was amazing during the season and was one of the best pitchers in the league. Then he just fell apart in the playoffs and never recovered. It was painful for to watch, and I’m not even a Cardinals fan.
So when I heard he had made it back to the big leagues as an outfielder, I was thrilled and curious. Going from pitcher to position player doesn’t happen often in the majors, especially one with this kind of story. Then he homered and gave us, in this summer of negative sports stories, something to cheer about and be genuinely happy about.
How will Ankiel do the rest of the season? Who knows. I’ll worry about that later. Let’s enjoy this while it lasts.
Other blogs about Ankiel I liked:
Deadspin’s Will Leitch was actually there.
The Dugout with, as usual, a hilarious chat about it.
Ladies… reminds us comebacks are hot.
Viva El Birdos is of course, thrilled.