Tuesday, October 29, 2013

#97 Scott Fletcher

About the Front: "I've got it!" Or maybe Scott Fletcher is saying, "You got it!". Either way, he looks mighty comfy in his blue turtleneck with team logo peeking over the top of the jersey.

About the Back: Who was the unfortunate pitcher who gave up a go-ahead double on a pitchout? That would be sidearm/submarine thrower Terry Leach.

Triple Play:

1. When George W. Bush owned the Texas Rangers, he and his family named their English Springer Spaniel "Spot Fetcher" in honor of Fletcher. Of course they did. Spot has her own Wikipedia page. Of course she does.

2. After retiring, Scott managed Tampa Bay's Class A Charleston RiverDogs club in 1997. He was a coach at Emory University from 1999 through 2004, and he is currently the Atlanta Braves' assistant hitting coach.

3. His daughter Brittany is engaged to be married to current White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: I recognize this as another one of those pesky last dozen or so cards that I needed to complete this set. Guys like Scott Fletcher and Terry Steinbach stick in my mind because of their stubbornness.

Bill James Said: "His .402 on-base percentage was a career high; his 16-for-19 performance as a base stealer was by far his career best." I guess Boston was good to Scott.

On This Date in 1993: October 29. The first "Got Milk?" commercial airs on American television. The ad, directed by Michael Bay, features a man who is unable to intelligibly answer a $10,000 trivia question because his mouth is full of peanut butter. "Aaron Burr!"

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