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John Lindsey, 33-year-old rookie, done for season

Sep 26, 2010, 8:49 AM EST

It's not difficult to understand why we as baseball fans root for the past-his-prime rookie. They're underdogs. They're like us in some ways. They're finally getting a shot in "The Show." All that Hollywood stuff. 33-year-old John Lindsey, an infielder for for the Dodgers, provided a Hollywood moment on...

It’s not difficult to understand why we as baseball fans root for the past-his-prime rookie.  He is an underdog.  He is like us in some ways.  He is finally getting a shot in “The Show.”  All that Hollywood stuff.

33-year-old John Lindsey, an infielder for the Dodgers, provided a Hollywood moment on September 9 of this season.  After 16 years in the minor leagues, 1,571 games played on the farm and countless bus rides, Lindsey finally got his shot in a major league pinch-hitting appearance and … flew out.

To me, it’s always better that way.  Feels more real.

Lindsey got a standing ovation that night by the alert Dodger Stadium crowd and eventually got his first hit.  He racked up 12 major league at-bats over the past two weeks.  But now he’s done for the season, according to MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick, due to a fracture in his left hand that he suffered when he was hit by a pitch during Saturday’s game against the Diamondbacks. 

That’s baseball.  Ain’t it great?

  1. The Ol Goaler - Sep 26, 2010 at 10:51 AM

    “Baseball will break your heart. It’s designed to break your heart.” — A. Bartlett Giamatti

  2. Old Gator - Sep 26, 2010 at 2:22 PM

    Thanks for quoting Take Time for Paradise. Probably wouldn’t be a bad idea if everyone who wanted to correspond on this blog had to read it before being allowed to sign on. What a wonderful book, small, succinct and heartbreaking in its own way.

  3. Detroit Michael - Sep 27, 2010 at 9:11 AM

    By the way, one of our other career minor leaguer makes MLB debut finally players, Max St. Pierre, chose “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” as his intro music. Perfect!

  4. Detroit Michael - Sep 27, 2010 at 9:13 AM

    By the way, one of our other career minor leaguer makes MLB debut finally players, Max St. Pierre, chose “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” as his intro music. Perfect!

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