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Longoria = DiMaggio?

Mar 5, 2010, 12:25 PM EDT

Random spring training hearsay is always fun. Here’s a good one from Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times:

Rays manager Joe Maddon said Yogi Berra told him Evan Longoria “reminds him of Joe DiMaggio a bit.”

Allowable because I’m not offering it for its truth — outside of some random film I’ve never seen DiMaggio play and thus can’t say if this is nuts or not — just offering it for the fact of its utterance.

Anyone with more knowledge of the smaller parts of DiMaggio’s legend care to opine?  As far as Friday afternoon time killers it beats following the play-by-play of spring training games on Twitter.

  1. APBA Guy - Mar 5, 2010 at 12:32 PM

    I think they’re about the same height.
    Both are from California.
    That’s about it.

  2. Phil - Mar 5, 2010 at 12:36 PM

    So Evan has friends in the Mafia that will look out for him?

  3. Eli - Mar 5, 2010 at 12:44 PM

    Ooh, I have another one. Both players only had two seasons in their careers where they hit under .300.
    DiMaggio hit .290 in 1946 after missing 3 years to military service and hit .263 in 1951, his last season at the age of 36.
    Longoria hit .272 in 2008 and .281 in 2009, the only two years of his MLB career where he hit under .300.
    They also both played in the World Series as rookies. See, same guy!

  4. Eli - Mar 5, 2010 at 12:51 PM

    Here’s another one: DiMaggio once married Marilyn Monroe, one of the most beautiful women in the world. Evan has almost the same name as Eva Longoria.

  5. Jamie - Mar 5, 2010 at 12:53 PM

    From the back, in the area between the neck and the numbers, the resemblance is quite strong.

  6. JasonC23 - Mar 5, 2010 at 1:19 PM

    Didn’t Baldelli get compared to DiMaggio once upon a time? What’s with Rays players being DiMaggio-like?

  7. Josh in DC - Mar 5, 2010 at 3:01 PM

    In fairness to Rocco, I believe it’s that he IDOLIZED DiMaggio, which sorta makes sense for a human being named Rocco Baldelli who likes to play baseball. I don’t think anyone COMPARED them, except to say, “Baldelli might be a nice player one day, but he’s no DiMaggio.”

  8. billybill - Mar 5, 2010 at 3:12 PM

    Very funny.Do you guys know who Yogi Berra is?I guarantee he knows more about baseball than you do.He’s probably referring to the power he generates in his swing with his wrists.

  9. Phil - Mar 5, 2010 at 3:22 PM

    Hey, billybill. It’s Friday afternoon. Do you know where your sense of humor is?

  10. Wooden U. Lykteneau - Mar 5, 2010 at 4:13 PM

    I hope that’s it, because unlike DiMaggio, Longoria has a decent throwing arm and is modest to a fault.

  11. billybill - Mar 5, 2010 at 5:14 PM

    Yes

  12. TF in Tampa - Mar 5, 2010 at 5:43 PM

    I’ll tell you where they’re NOT at all similar, DiMaggio played for the Yankees and never for the Rays and Longoria plays for the Rays and will most likely never play for the Yankees. Go ask Yogi, first offer him a Yoohoo chocolate drink, then he’ll tell ya.
    And so it goes………

  13. Phil - Mar 5, 2010 at 6:18 PM

    So it that yes to Evan having friends in the Mafia like Joe or yes to knowing where your sense of humor is? If it’s the latter, why didn’t you bring it with you?

  14. billybill - Mar 5, 2010 at 10:09 PM

    Yes,I think what you said about the Mafia is funny.And Yogi didn’t say everything he said anyways.

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