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Wanna buy John Wetteland’s house?

Aug 1, 2013, 10:22 AM EDT

John Wetteland's house

It’s in Texas. And at under $2 million, it’s a relative bargain as these things go. Some specifics:

Sited on a prime two-acre lot in the Saddlebrook community, Wetteland’s property offers seven bedrooms, six baths and nearly 7,000 square feet of living space. The home, built in 2001, boasts a wealth of luxuries befitting a baseball legend, including a palatial master bath with a dry sauna and a fireplace, a theater room with custom sound-proofing, and a wine bar.

That’s nice — and I really loved John Wetteland as a player — but I feel like we’re throwing around the word “legend” too much these days. Was Wetteland really a legend? Was Petula Clark? I ask that because “Downtown” came on my Pandora on Sunday and it was listed as a track on the album “The Legendary Petula Clark.”

Will people be sitting around tribal fires one day, sharing stories of the legendary Petula Clark and John Wetteland? I’m not saying that would be a bad thing. Just saying it’s unlikely.

  1. pjmitch - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Very unlikely. In fact, impossible

  2. rocketsteadman - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    If you get tired of listening to ‘Petula Clark Radio’ on Pandora, I’m sure you could always switch over to The Supremes Radio or Simon & Garfunkel Radio.

    • heat256 - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:19 PM

      I think Craig’s holding out for the Gene Pitney channel.

    • 1historian - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:31 PM

      better idea – stop listening to radio and read a book

      • kevinbnyc - Aug 1, 2013 at 1:41 PM

        Reading and writing at the same time could be kinda tough.

  3. bobwsc - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    almost like saying “the legendary Craig Calcaterra of HBT.” maybe that’s a stretch.

  4. buckyharris - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    Petula Clark is a legend in the UK and Europe. She sold a tremendous number of records, starred in films, etc.

  5. sillec28 - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    I don’t know how Petula Clark is regarded but in baseball “legends” are people like Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson, Mickey Mantle, Hank Aaron, et al, not people like John Wetteland.

  6. jm91rs - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    I like the pool and my kids would love the swing set. Too bad the rest of the house looks unlivable.

    • heat256 - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:22 PM

      Yeah those custom touches are practically third world.

  7. tfbuckfutter - Aug 1, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    This is all well and good, but I’d much rather own John Voight’s Lebaron.

    That was a car befitting a screen legend.

  8. lewp - Aug 1, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Craig, since I’m pretty sure 95% of the readers have never heard this record, here it is for your review

    Would I like to buy Wetteland’s house? Yes!!

    Do I have 2 M to buy it? No…unfortunately

    • historiophiliac - Aug 1, 2013 at 11:16 AM

      I bet a lot of people have heard the song but had no idea who sings it.

      • timothynoble41 - Aug 1, 2013 at 11:36 AM

        Kind of like Nancy Sinatra’s ‘These Boots Were Made For Walking’.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 1, 2013 at 11:42 AM

        I was thinking of all the times at the ballpark everyone does the hi-dee-ho thing and I’m sure none of them know Cab Calloway or that the song is Minnie the Moocher (or know the rest of the song).

      • jm91rs - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:09 PM

        You’re telling me not everyone has seen The Blues Brothers 1000 times?

    • jfk69 - Aug 1, 2013 at 11:16 AM

      That was a great song back in the day. If I buy Wettelands I am thing more along the lines of The Jeffersons and The Moving On Up theme song

  9. jcmeyer10 - Aug 1, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    It looked like there was a bad Instragram filter on most of the interior photos so no, I would not be interested in that house.

  10. APBA Guy - Aug 1, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Sometimes you see a high-end property and ask yourself “what was xxx thinking?”. Such is the case here. There are so many conflicting influences, the whole thing comes across as fussy. Love the pool, though.

    • historiophiliac - Aug 1, 2013 at 11:58 AM

      That thing is so Texas Money.

  11. tfbuckfutter - Aug 1, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    And to be fair, the listing just says it is “befitting” a baseball legend. Not that the owner is a baseball legend.

    I have a bed befitting a king.

    • historiophiliac - Aug 1, 2013 at 11:55 AM

      lol

      Seriously, when are you leaving your wife for me?

      • tfbuckfutter - Aug 1, 2013 at 5:01 PM

        Why? Because I have a king-sized bed?

        Well, I hate to disappoint you but I was just trying to sound like a big shot on the internet. I only have a queen size….

        And, to be even more honest, I went with king-size because I didn’t need someone saying “Yup, sounds about right.”

      • historiophiliac - Aug 1, 2013 at 5:18 PM

        Really?

      • tfbuckfutter - Aug 1, 2013 at 6:51 PM

        Yeah. Just a queen.

        The mattresses are really high though. It’s preeeeetty fancy.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:26 PM

        You know I’m no longer speaking to you for ruining my joke. >;(

      • tfbuckfutter - Aug 1, 2013 at 11:29 PM

        Well….if you’re not speaking to me you just became a potentially more appealing option than my current wife.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 1, 2013 at 11:39 PM

        Boooo!!!!

        /throws accent pillows

  12. 1historian - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    I mean this question from the bottom of my heart – WTF is John Wetteland? Never heard of him.

    • jcmeyer10 - Aug 1, 2013 at 1:28 PM

      A the 1historian, I find myself confused and disappointed,

    • lewp - Aug 1, 2013 at 3:15 PM

      Here ya go 1historian, classic Wetteland

      He was the Rangers closer for a few years. Johnny Oates will remember him, and vice versa.

  13. drpluta - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    Reblogged this on THE QUARTERBACK and commented:
    Wow… Remember John Wetteland? There’s a name you don’t hear often anymore… The 1996 AL Rolaids Relief Man of the Year!
    I’m a little disappointed there’s even talk of the word “legend” in this article. Wetteland was a good pitcher, but far from that stigma… I don’t even know if you call every guy in Cooperstown a “legend” but certainly not a guy who isn’t even in the Hall.

  14. ryanrockzzz - Aug 1, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    Damn, this house is gaudy. Ugly as hell on the inside.

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