When I was in elementary school my dad came home from a business trip with a video that Dave Winfield gave a colleague of his. Once I was finally finished hyperventilating about my dad meeting Dave Winfield, I fell in love with the video. It was called “Grand Slam” and it was a beautiful, well produced, propaganda documentary about the entire history of baseball, until 1987, which was the present, back then.
I could talk about that entire movie from start to finish. It embodies so much of why I love baseball, but right now I remember the segment on Don Drysdale. The producers interviewed Hank Aaron about him. The Hammer clearly respected Drysdale. He explained that he was tall — 6’5″, 6’6″ — and “thew sidearm, a real intimidator.”
The highlight of the segment, which focused on headhunters, was an interview with Drysdale himself. Don explained that he wasn’t a headhunter, but he had a motto. He explained that if one of his would go down, then two of the opposition would have to go down. And, if two of ours went down, he explained, then three of the opposition would go down. He enforced this until none of his went down.
CC Sabathia pitches today. Two of ours went down.
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