Sunday, May 11th, 2008

Shawon Dunston, former Cubs shortstop, signs autographs before a game at Wrigley Field in 1994. I don't have an exact date on this image, but this was the season of the infamous strike that ended without playoffs or a World Series.

We were at a Cubs/Phillies game at the old Veterans stadium in Philadelphia back in the early 90's and were we way up in the nose bleeds in right. These were two fairly bad teams at the time and by the 7th inning the place had started to clear out. My Mom, younger brother and I noticed a huge empty section of seats down in the front row between third base and right field and decided to venture down and see if we could catch the rest of the game from there. After a LONG walk down from virtually the back row of the upper deck we made it down near the seats we'd seen from above. No usher in sight, we made our way all the way down to the front row! Here's the best the 8th inning my brother was leaning up against the wall looking over onto the field. Needless to say, he reached his glove over for no logical reason and dropped his glove on the field (Nowadays if you did that you would be escorted from the stadium). After the Phillies made the final out in the bottom of the eighth, Shawon Dunston ran over, picked up the glove and handed it back to my brother. What a thrill!
ozthegreat   Tuesday, May 13, 2008
I always liked Dunston. Sure, we could have drafted Dwight Gooden instead, but who needs a coke addict who could hit 100 mph? I'm glad he finally made it to the World Series in 2002. Unfortunately, it was the Giants and I had to root against Dusty and Barry.
Bill Pearch   Tuesday, May 13, 2008
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