Standout Washington Quarterback Jake Locker has options. Not only was he a fine college QB, he also plays baseball. In fact, in 2008 Baseball America tabbed him the West Coast Collegiate Baseball League’s top prospect. The Angels drafted him in 2009 as an outfielder.
Ferris Bueller and his pals were at the June 5, 1985, tilt between the Cubs and the Braves. The foul ball that Ferris caught was hit by Atlanta rightfielder Claudell Washington (#15) in the top of the 11th inning. The game was tied at two (not scoreless, like the pizza guy claimed) and backup second-baseman Paul Zuvella (#18) was being held on first by Leon Durham (#10) after a leadoff single (the fourth hit of the game, and Atlanta’s first hit since the fifth). Washington would end his at-bat with a flyball to leftfielder Davey Lopes. The next batter, Rafael Ramirez, would wind up hitting a two-run home run and the Braves would go on to win 4-2. The movie, however, cut away before that happened.
Check out a quick clip from that scene after the jump. It’s pretty apparent that it’s a real game.
Being a baseball writer can be a thankless job. Prima donna players, manipulative front office figures, low pay, and an intimidatingly rich literary standard to uphold, bound tightly to the game. Memorable baseball writing emerged almost simultaneously with the sport itself from the bucolic mists of 19th century meadows and memories, and remains an expectation – conscious or otherwise – of nearly every fan who has ever read a game story.
Bob Nightengale is a baseball writer for a little paper called USA Today. He joined the conversation in the 2nd hour this afternoon. Audio of the interview with Robert after the jump.