Tuesday, September 2, 2014
no. 325 - juan marichal
Who is the man: Juan Marichal endured probably the worst season of his career to date in 1970. After back-to-back 20-win seasons, he managed just 12 victories (against 10 losses) and his ERA sailed over 4 for the first time. It was pretty much the beginning of the end, although Marichal would bounce back for one more good year in 1971.
Can ya dig it: With the way Marichal pitched and fell off to the left side of the mound, I don't think he was ever as ready for a comebacker as he is displaying in this here photo.
Right on: I'm pretty certain if I was a Dodger rooter in the 1960s that he would be my least favorite player.
You see this cat Marichal is a bad mother: Dude bludgeoned a catcher over the head for tickling his ear with a return throw to the mound.
Shut your mouth: One of Marichal's nicknames was "Laughing Boy" because he always seemed to be smiling.
No one understands him but his woman: Marichal never won a Cy Young Award and was passed over for the Hall of Fame twice.
(A word about the back): It still bothers me that '71 Topps in its write-ups would go all the way back to minor league statistics for established veteran players.