guest post for day 43: ra

Full Count is thrilled to share this guest post for Day 43 by Rabbi Justin David. For all the beauty of baseball, most players express themselves as if they studied at the Crash Davis School of Boring Cliches: “I don’t know about that, I’m just going to focus on my job…” “I’m just here to help the ballclub…” “I’m just gonna take it one day … Continue reading guest post for day 43: ra

day 42: hendu

Today is 42 days, which is six weeks of the omer: malchut she’b’yesod. First: I already wrote about Robinson here. Granted, I probably should have gone next to Mo. But this week was getting a little too East Cost heavy. And yes, while centerfielder Dave Henderson was responsible for one of the most memorable moments in postseason history as a member of the 1986 Red Sox team, this … Continue reading day 42: hendu

day 39: campy

Today is 39 days, which is four days and five weeks of the omer: netzach she’b’yesod. Brooklyn Dodgers catcher Roy Campanella accomplished a ton during his nine years in the major leagues: eight-time All Star, three-time NL MVP, one-time NL RBI leader, and one-time WS champion, all as one of the star players on the famed “Boys of Summer” team that won five NL pennants between 1949 and … Continue reading day 39: campy

day 38: billy buck

Today is 38 days, which is three days and five weeks of the omer: tiferet she’b’yesod. What’s that you say? First baseman Bill Buckner didn’t wear #38? In fact he did, in 1969, his first year with the Dodgers. And since Buckner wore five different numbers over his 22 year career; and since for a good while no one was interested in his #6 Boston jersey; … Continue reading day 38: billy buck

day 37: the old perfessor

Today is 37 days, which is two days and five weeks of the omer: gevurah she’b’yesod. I’ve included player position in my quest for diversity in this project, so today I’m excited to highlight my first manager. Casey Stengel did play right field, but he is best known as (and was voted into the Hall of Fame in 1966 on his strength as) a manager. As he joked … Continue reading day 37: the old perfessor

day 36: sarge

Today is 36 days, which is one day and five weeks of the omer: hesed she’b’yesod. Thus begins the week of yesod, which means we’re going to be talking about tzaddikim, the righteous ones. Let’s see where it takes us. If the picks for Days 27, 30, and 35 had to deal with Oakland’s Charlie O, left fielder Gary Matthews was victim to Atlanta’s Ted Turner. The difference was … Continue reading day 36: sarge

day 35: man of steal

Today is 35 days, which is five weeks of the omer: malchut she’b’hod. In 2009 Oakland retired number 24 in honor of left fielder Rickey Henderson, but since Bill James said, “If you split Rickey Henderson in two, you get two Hall-of-Famers,” a good case can be made that the As should have also retired the number 35 in which he began and ended his career, donning … Continue reading day 35: man of steal