No Love for Sandberg in TorontoBased upon my brief time spent in Toronto, it seems that Toronto Blue Jays fans have no respect for the Ryne Sandberg's playing career. For Saturday's game at Rogers Centre, I wore my 1984 Sandberg road jersey. That's among my favorite uniforms of all time. Every time I visit a new ballpark, I buy the home team's fitted hat. I was in Toronto back in 2000, but I didn't buy a Blue Jays hat back then. I was walking through the team store when a local approached me.
"Dude, Sandberg sucks," he said.
Typical trash talk that means nothing. So I responded, "Hey, he's a Hall-of-Famer and former MVP."
"He signs a big contract and puts up chump numbers," he said.
That one stung a bit. "He hit more home runs than any second baseman in history until Jeff Kent."
"He signed a big contract and hit, what, seven home runs the next year?"
At this point, I was trying to walk away, but he continued to follow me. "You call that a great player?"
"He broke his hand at the end of spring training in 1993 and didn't play a full season. The player's strike happened in August of 1994 and he retired in late June of that season." That's when I had to walk away.
Just to clarify, he hit nine home runs in 1993 and played in only 117 games.