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Steve Carlton is a few cards short of a deck

May 6, 2013, 8:25 PM EDT

Steve Carlton

Steve Carlton had a 24-year career in Major League Baseball, 15 of which came with the Phillies between 1972 and 1986. He won four Cy Young awards in 1972, ’77, ’80, and ’82, and led the Phillies to their first ever championship in 1980. He also helped the Phillies back to the World Series in ’83 when they lost to the Baltimore Orioles.

Carlton was notorious during his playing career for his avoidance of the media. However, he wanted to get some good press out as he was on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time and agreed to speak with Pat Jordan of Philadelphia Magazine. It was with Jordan’s piece that we really found out the inner machinations of Lefty’s mind.

Deadspin republished the article today with postscripts from Jordan himself as well as editor Eliot Kaplan. If you have never read it, it is worth your time. Here is a snippet:

Built under the house is a 7,000-foot storage cellar. He’s stocked it with canned foods, bottled water, weapons. “Do you know if you store guns in PVC pipe, they can last forever underground without rusting?” he says.

He glanced sideways again. “The Revolution is definitely coming.” He believes in the Revolution, only he isn’t precisely sure which of a myriad of conspiratorial groups will begin it. Possibly, he says, it will be started by the Skull and Bones Society of Yale University. Or maybe the International Monetary Fund. Or the World Health Organization. There are so many conspiracies, and so little time. Sometimes all those conspiracies confuse him and he contradicts himself.


  1. dumbassgreg - May 7, 2013 at 3:53 AM

    hear tim thomas is living in the same neighborhood.

  2. blacksables - May 7, 2013 at 6:03 AM

    Bill, it’s really sad what you consider to be baseball journalism. Was it really such a slow day that you had to post a re-published article from 15 years ago, from a website that no really cares about?

    It was obviously done just so you could bash Carlton, which is sad considering you call yourself a Phliies fan, and he’s one of the greatest players in the history of the franchise.

    If you feel the need to fire up the ‘way back machine’, why not talk about what he did on the field? Or does that not let you bash a man for daring to have an opinion that’s different than your own?

    When you write about baseball, you mostly get it right, albeit skewed towards your philosophy that only your way of thinking is the correct way.

    But writing crap like this is just a pathetic attempt to push your agenda on people, which oddly, is what you’re complaining about Carlton doing. Which also makes you a hypocrite.

    • polonelmeagrejr - May 7, 2013 at 8:09 AM

      blacksables – tedious , tedious post. YOu seem interested in grinding your own ax to me.

    • skids003 - May 7, 2013 at 9:24 AM

      I agree blacksables, typical lazy journalism. Lefty may “be a few cards short of a deck,” but the writer has no deck.

    • jlinatl - May 7, 2013 at 11:47 AM

      One of the best pitchers of the era who really should be celebrated more than he is. The ’72 season may be the best individual season of a player in a team sport.

      The off field issues are no secret. Rehashing them seems designed more for increasing page views than actually adding anything new.

      It’s a shame that this site which at times really adds or at least links to articles that provide strong analysis and insight also feel the need to shill TMZ style tripe.

  3. mungman69 - May 7, 2013 at 6:49 AM

    He’ll be dead, that’s when they’ll come for him.

  4. dirtydrew - May 7, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    Some people get paranoid when high. Just sayin’.

  5. rcali - May 7, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Everybody needs a hobby.

  6. whiteyandharry - May 7, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Who gives a rat’s ass? The guy could PITCH!

    • apmn - May 7, 2013 at 12:30 PM

      That strikeout montage video in the linked article was amazing. He made those batters look like tee-ballers.

  7. damian56x - May 7, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    So Carlton is a doomsday prepper?

    No big deal, really doesn’t make think that he is crazy, b/c if I had the money, I might do something similar. I prepped a bit just for Y2K by stocking up on canned and non-perishable food, water, kerosene, propane, gasoline, a whole house gas-powered generator, and firewood, b/c if the power and food supply chain had gone out for weeks, if not months, I wanted to have enough supplies to last until spring at least, b/c of living in a cold winter weather state.

  8. vicvega422 - May 7, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    Who cares? Best pitcher in Phillies history, easily top 3 lefty of all-time.Stories is old, come up with some knew material douche.

  9. vicvega422 - May 7, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    FYI Carlton didn’t need to suck up to get in the Hall… He was a first ballot lock. A real Phillies fan would know that.

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