Bravo Rick Short
After collecting 1,235 hits in the minors, with a batting average above .300, [Rick] Short got his first at-bat in the majors. …
Standing at first, Short got a high-five from coach Don Buford, and the ball was tossed into the Nationals’ dugout. When he came off the field, he was greeted at the dugout by a fist bump from Nationals manager Frank Robinson and high-fives from outfielder Jose Guillen and other teammates. As he trotted down the steps, Short doffed his batting helmet to the crowd.
I happened to catch this as I was eating dinner; the announcers were calling him a “real-live Crash Davis” — which was annoying — but the guy came through on an 0-2 pitch and drove in a run. This, after 12 years in the minor leagues, where he was earning about $800 a month as a “professional.” Congratulations to the Nationals’ Rick Short.