Wednesday, December 10, 2014

#338 Bob Ojeda

About the Front: Bob Ojeda wore #17 with the Dodgers because #19 (which he'd worn as a Met) was retired for Jim Gilliam.

About the Back: As we all know, a nine-hit shutout requires the use of the term "scattered". You can reach back to April 14, 1988 for Ojeda's lowest-hit shutout, a two-hitter against the Expos. In that game, the lefty stranded the bases loaded while clinging to a 1-0 lead in the eighth inning.

Triple Play:

1. Bob was the winning pitcher in the longest game in pro baseball history as a member of the Pawtucket Red Sox in 1981. He relieved Bruce Hurst in the top of the 33rd inning, got three outs without allowing a run, and benefited from Dave Koza's RBI single in the home half.

2. He beat his former Boston teammates in Game Three of the 1986 World Series, allowing one run on five hits in seven innings. He also started the fateful Game Six, yielding only two runs in six innings, but departing with a no-decision.

3. Late in the 1988 season, the tip of Ojeda's left middle finger was severed by an electric hedge trimmer while he was doing yard work at home. The digit was repaired in an emergency surgery, but he missed the playoffs, and the Mets were bounced from the NLCS by the Dodgers.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: My introduction to Bob Ojeda was as the sole survivor of the tragic boating accident that claimed the lives of Cleveland teammates Tim Crews and Steve Olin in early 1993.

Bill James Said: "Highly traumatic events, however, change people in unpredictable ways; it might make him feel that there is more to life than baseball, or it might push him to a new level of dedication." In Ojeda's case, his career was just about over. He allowed eight runs in three innings for the Yankees in 1994 and that was that.

On This Date in 1993: December 10. The computer game Doom, an influential first-person shooter with cutting-edge 3D graphics, is released by id Software.

1 comment:

  1. Plus, he chose #17, as so many other Mets and former Mets did, for Keith Hernandez.