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Twelve hours to spring training: 1976

Feb 19, 2014, 5:18 PM EDT

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A fantastic road trip story from former major league journeyman pitcher John D’Acquisto. He tells of the twelve hours before reporting to spring training for the Giants in 1976. He, John Montefusco and Randy Moffitt in a Porche, racing to make it from Foster City, California to Phoenix in time to report to camp.

I picked up Moffitt at his place. Randy’s wife came out to see us off. I threw his bag in the trunk and handed him the keys for the long journey. With our history of aggressive driving, the willingness to air out these badass sports cars, and hell, just the general testosterone of dudes under 25, all the wives thought we were out of our minds to drive to Arizona. Count and Ed had followed us to Moff’s house as we mapped out the race. Moff and I shared a quick laugh watching the six-foot-seven Halicki trying to pack himself into Count’s Porsche.

“How’s that big son of a bitch gonna get himself in,” Moff laughed, scratching his head as he opened the driver’s side door to my car.

Along the way there is fast driving. There is silliness. There is also a pretty deep contemplation of how quickly youth is lost and how uncertain even the most seemingly cocksure young jocks can be.

Great story.

(link via BTF)

  1. chacochicken - Feb 19, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    Pffffftttt, thugs.

  2. Tim OShenko - Feb 19, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    Don’t let Puig see that article.

    • Professor Fate - Feb 19, 2014 at 9:05 PM

      Might be too late.

  3. baccards - Feb 19, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    I was under 25 once, well maybe twice…There was not the joy of reporting to a major league baseball club, but there was the joy of being alive and not worrying about who, what or when of reporting to anything….halcyon days

    • mmeyer3387 - Feb 19, 2014 at 10:07 PM

      Yes, that is when we were young, nieve with out a care. Yet, Time has away of changing us.

  4. 6stn - Feb 19, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    Takin’ It To The Streets was a hit song that year.

  5. dinofrank60 - Feb 19, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    The better story, to me, is his odyssey from the Giants to the Cards to the Padres.

    The Giants never should’ve rehired Bill Rigney, that was a disaster.
    Horace Stoneham nearly ruined that franchise; if it wasn’t for Chub Feeney, the Giants would be in Toronto.
    Keith Hernandez was a better ballplayer that I thought. And i thought he was a great player.
    Vern Rapp, what a … . If Buck Showalter was corrupted by the Force and became a tool of the Empire, on his worst day, he would not be as bad as Rapp.
    The Cards were/are a first class organization. Amazing what they did for their players, something we would take for granted now.
    Did I say Vern Rapp was a tool?

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