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In honor of actor Andy Garcia and his (unintentionally) hilarious reaction to Sofia (Mary Corleone) Coppola's death scene in "The Godfather, Part III."
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Book idea-"The 50 Greatest Games That Did Not Involve the Yankees or Red Sox"

Posted 05-16-2009 at 08:57 AM by TommyJohn
Updated 05-19-2009 at 09:42 AM by TommyJohn

I have had an idea for a while-a book entitled "The 50 Greatest Games that Did Not Involve the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox." This book would take a look at games that are, for the most part, overlooked by the ESPN-driven hype fest for the Yankees and Red Sox. The purpose would be to say enough!-to all the damn hype and the books about baseball's great moments being monopolized by those two teams. I mean, come on. ESPN.com last year had a list of great LCS moments, I think it was 25. The Red Sox-Yankees clashes of 2003-04 had about half of them. Are you freaking kidding me? You mean to tell me that the A's, Orioles, Brewers, Royals, et. al. have not had any great moments that stand out? I also wonder how many ignored "great games" would be on the list if they featured the "sexy" teams.

This would be the blurb on the back cover:

"Are you a Yankee fan who is ready to relive all of their contributions to the glory that is America, from Don Larsen's perfect game to Derek Jeter's miraculous flip? Are you a Red Sox fan who wants to once again curse the name of Bucky Dent for breaking Grampa's heart? Or perhaps you want to relive that glorious moment in 2004 when Western Civilization stood still and the Red Sox won it all, thus ending the most agonizing ordeal in the whole history of human suffering? If you answered yes, then put down this book, because you won't find any of that crap in here. This book is for fans of the "Forgotten 28" aka Every Other Team In Major League Baseball. Or as they are known by the staff and crew of ESPN- 'Who?'"

The cover of the book would have two pictures-one of Carlton Fisk flapping his arms like an idiot as he watches the Most Overrated Home Run in Baseball History go out; and another of Bucky Dent watching the Home Run That Broke Grampa Teddy's Haht-both would have large, big Fat Red X's through them.

The blurb would then go on to mention some of the games. As I said, I would try to include all 28, so I would solicit suggestions from fans of the Forgotten 28. I would go out of my way to be fair to all teams. I would also make it a point to leave out Kirk Gibson's home run in the 1988 World Series, only because it is overrated and he is a psycho nut whacko loony tune.

I'll never forget watching one game when he was with the Tigers. He took a called strike three and started screaming at the ump.The announcers (I can't remember if they were White Sox announcers or that dope Bob Costas) laughed and said something to the effect of "That Kirk! What a gamer! He's so fiery and passionate!" And I watched him-long-haired, unshaven and with an angry look in his eye, looking like one of those whacko drifters that A&E makes crime documentaries about, and I thought "Passionate? The guy's a psycho!!!"
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