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Buddy’s Best – Dunston…Shawon Dunston

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While it seems like only yesterday, it was actually 1982 when the Cubs drafted Shawon Dunston in the first round. The stories about his quick bat and crazy athleticism were legendary. I was only 13 when Dunston was selected, but even then my friends and I were talking future hall of famer.

Well, a funny thing happened on the way to Cooperstown. The Cubs flashy but erratic shortstop never became the five-tool player many of us expected. His quick bat was far too fond of pitches out of the strike zone. His cannon arm delivered far too many throws in the dirt. His speed and quickness led to far too many outs on the bases.

So you’re probably thinking that I disliked Dunston as a ballplayer. That is far from the truth. Even though he never turned into a star, the Shawon-O-Meter rose and fell for 18 Major League seasons. He was fun to watch, even when he drove me crazy. Still one of my all-time favorite Cubs!

And now for a quick recap of VFTB comments and highlights from the last week, starting with one of the many Dunston posts:

  1. Grace always complained about his hand hurting after catching Shawon’s throws.
  2. My favorites are Hawk, Ryno, Maddux, Dunston, D-Lee, Aramis, anyone named Wood or Johnson, Big Z, and the entire 2016 roster.
  3. I actually despised Sammy Sosa.
  4. My all time favorite player is Ron Guidry.
  5. Liz Soto has a nice ring to it…for shame.
  6. Happy with either Yu or Jake. What I will not be happy with is the rumored deal for Machado.
  7. It looks like Morrow will be our closer.
  8. If everything was equal I would take Arrieta because he has low mileage on him and is a known commodity.
  9. My least favorite Cub was Larry Himes, he was the only person who almost had me giving up on being a Cubs fan.
  10. That was the Cubs, they might have been in last place but the fans would find something to cheer about.

Question of the week…If the Cubs don’t sign Darvish, Arrieta, or Cobb, what would you like them to do to fill that open spot in their rotation?

  • JTBarrett16

    We should sign R.A. Dickey or make a splash with Colon.

    • ..wait.. what

      • Buddy

        Hopefully he was just kidding.

      • JTBarrett16

        Yes I was. I couldn’t think of anyone else so I suggested those two old grumps. As for the splash with Colon thing, that was a headline I saw after a team got him.

  • Doc Raker

    I have a wicked 45mph curve ball that has a 4 foot drop, mainly due to gravity but it is a tough pitch to hit. I want a shot at getting outs.

    • JTBarrett16

      Will Ohman did it, they’d save a hell of a lot of money if Doc Raker did it

    • cap’n realist

      Who would run the Sunglasses Hut?

      • Doc Butts could probably sell some Ray Bans.

      • Buddy

        OK, the Sunglasses Hut comment got me thinking about crappy jobs I’ve had over the years. Working at a butcher shop was one of them. How about you guys?

      • JTBarrett16

        Domino’s, Macy’s, Lord & Taylor, State Farm, Combined Insurance. I’ve had a lot of crappy jobs over the years

      • I worked in a pet store. Though it was literally crappy, I’d prefer it to the butcher shop!

      • Brad Lyerla

        making hay. literally.

      • cap’n realist

        Detasselled corn as a teen. And bailed hay. Not good jobs, but toughened the stones.

      • Sherm

        Odd coincidence. Seymour has done some “de-tasseling” in his day.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        And I bet it also toughened his stones.

      • Seymour Butts

        Damn straight!
        Still cutting, raking baling and stacking hay. Sucks major league, but less boring than an exercise bike.

      • Eddie Von White

        I too detasselled corn and baled hay but I didn’t mind either job. The worst job was picking green beans at Johnsons vegetable farm in Portage, Indiana when I was a kid. They paid 50 cents a bushel. I could pick 8 bushels in a day. Then my cousins and I rode our bikes to the Hi-House burger joint and I spent all 4 dollars on burgers and fries and a milkshake. But I never went to bed hungry like CAPS does.

      • Johnson’s is still here! Just about 20 minutes away. I’m guessing the 50 cents a bushel had increased but possibly not by much!

      • Eddie Von White

        Good to know. If I ever need a second job, I have experience.

      • Same boat.. I’ve had some good shitty jobs and some shitty good jobs. Chasing cattle to pens after livestock sales was fun but not very lucrative.. hands down better than a few of my software gigs. Also managed to feed myself.

      • Sherm

        Had a paper route at 9 and have worked every day of my life since.

  • Monty.. he’s capable

  • JTBarrett16

    Whack your boss, because you can’t do it in real life without going to jail:
    http://www.cargames.com/Whack-Your-Boss

  • Jerry in Wisconsin

    There is one thing that Dunston did better than all MLB players and that was camp under a pop-up and catch it with two hands. No one was ever better than Shawon!

    • Buddy

      My favorite Dunston story isn’t actually very flattering, but it was funny to watch happen. Some friends and I were near the players parking lot after a home game in the late 1980s. Players like Sandberg and Sutcliffe greeted the mob of fans who were there trying to get autographs. They stayed and signed autographs much longer than I ever would have suspected. One of the last players out the door was the Shawon-O-Meter…complete with giant shades, a bunch of gold chains around his neck, and an unbuttoned shirt. He didn’t stop to sign one autograph. He didn’t even wave to or acknowledge any of the fans. He just jumped in his sports car and sped off. It was like something out of a bad sports movie.

      • Eddie Von White

        My favorite Angel Guzman story was watching him walk down Waveland Avenue after a game with fans swarming all around him like flies and he just kept right on walking, ignoring the whole bunch of them. He was head and shoulders taller than everyone. He took a left down an alley and I never saw him again after that, either in person or on TV. The rest of the Cubs greeted the mob and signed autographs before they got into their sports cars. Angel did none of those things. It was like something out of a bad B movie.

      • Buddy

        Maybe he learned from Dunston?

  • Brad Lyerla

    The “Shawonometer” was one of my favorite things during that era: .264 and rising . . . .

  • JTBarrett16

    Not being able to go to work today because my car battery is dead, I have no money to replace it, and I can’t get through to AAA makes for a craptacular day

    • Who’s going to call people idiots in your stead?

      • JTBarrett16

        It took me 3 hours but I got through to AAA and they said it’ll be a 6 hour wait to get someone. Stupid cold weather.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        It’s all because of Global Warming.

      • Makes you wonder if the AAA guy is on a sports blog somewhere telling his cronies about the idiot in Boston w/o $50 or jumper cables.

      • JTBarrett16

        1. I have jumper cables
        2. I make shit at work. Every check I barely have enough for food rent and gas. I worry how am I going to get to work and eat. Even with batch cooking, I’m still going hungry.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        Move to the south, Taxes are lower, cost of living is lower, and you do not have to worry about the cold keeping your car from starting.

      • JTBarrett16

        Hot weather is just as much a strain on the battery, but moving to the South is in the works. Because it’s too cold and taxes are too high in MA. And I’m starving right now

      • cap’n realist

        I hear North Carolina is nice

      • JTBarrett16

        I’m going to the Outer Banks this summer

      • Eddie Von White

        How? It costs money to travel.

      • But then the only thing we’d have here to talk about would be his fiscal responsibility. Way more interesting to hear him justify why it’s more prudent to spend money on vacations than a car battery or dinner. With a side of why it’s AAA’s fault (not his own!) that he lost a days wage. Or wait, maybe it’s Mother Nature’s fault. I wasn’t quite keeping up.

      • JTBarrett16

        This is with my camping club so we get a discounted rate, and I booked it last year

      • Seymour Butts

        Not sure I’ve ever had a battery fail to crank an engine our due to a high ambient temperature. Guess I have not tried it on Mercury.

      • Sherm

        Whoa…hold on there, Jerry. He’s fine in Boston.

      • JTBarrett16

        Truthfully if not for my adopted family here, I would consider re-locating to either Florida, Texas, or California. I don’t like snow or cold weather. My uncle here is the same way. Once he retires, he’s leaving the cold. Initially he wanted to go to Florida, but since his brother moved to SD, that’s where he wants to go, even after my grandmother passes.

      • Sherm

        It’s cold in South Dakota, too.

      • Eddie Von White

        Taxes and cost of living are high in SD too.

      • JTBarrett16

        San Diego and LA are actually cheaper than Boston according to CNN’s cost of living calculators. The high tax brackets are for the top wage earners.

      • Seymour Butts

        Envision yourself becoming a high wage earner. Then not moving to a warmer, but more expensive state will seem more desirable.

      • JTBarrett16

        I don’t get it

      • Seymour Butts

        Southern South Dakota maybe… the coastal region.

      • Eddie Von White

        Won’t your adopted family feed you?

      • JTBarrett16

        They’re poor too. That’s the reason I’m there. They need the extra money from renting out their spare room.

      • You should shout at them and move out.

      • JTBarrett16

        It benefits me too living there, because it’s cheaper than an apartment with all utilities included.

      • In that case, the whole adopted family thing makes complete sense.

    • Doc Raker

      How about a second job? Maybe waiting tables a few evenings a week or on the weekend. Tending bar, a paper route, uber driver.

      I had an Uncle who was a mailman and then went to the Pepsi cola factory at night. Worked two jobs his entire life.

      You have time for a second job. I will send over some spam in the mean time.

      • Buddy

        I hear the Bears are looking for a new coach.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        But he is a “Packers” fan.

      • Eddie Von White

        So was John Fox, I hear.

      • JTBarrett16

        Let the Bears pay the Bear Tax. I pay the Homer Tax.

      • Seymour Butts

        Perhaps a barista.
        Of course if you write “stupid guy” on every cup of coffee, it will get confusing.

      • Oh but think of all the possible variations!

      • JTBarrett16

        When I get coffee or tea at Starbucks I always say my name is Bob.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        Do you make them spell it in all CAPS?

      • Eddie Von White

        If you’re hungry, why are you going to Starbucks?

      • Yeah seriously.. take your ass to the grocery store, BOB.

      • JTBarrett16

        I said when I go. I don’t go daily. Probably once or twice a month. Almost every day I make my tea at home.

      • Seymour Butts

        When I go t Starbucks I hold my nose until I can get out the door.

      • Buddy

        When I go to Starbuck’s I ask where Dirk Benedict is.

      • JTBarrett16

        I can understand that given there’s one on every corner in Washington State.