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Now that is old
2005-12-16 09:17
by Bob Timmermann

Yes, it's less than a week, but I already have a guest writer. This comes from commenter "grandcosmo"

Just to put Julio Franco's age into perspective:

Over 25 years ago Bill Gullickson struck out 18 Cubs one day
in Montreal. Franco is almost a year older than Gullickson.

25 years ago Britt Burns and Richard Dotson led the Chicago
White Sox in victories with 15 and 12. Franco is older than
both of them.

20 years ago, Don Mattingly and Willie McGee won the MVP
awards and Bret Saberhagen and Dwight Gooden won the Cy
Young Awards. Franco is older than all four of them.

Brian Harper's first at-bat came while pinch hitting for
Willie Davis in 1979. Franco is a year and a half older than

Tim Conroy started a game for the Oakland A's in 1978.
Franco is almost 2 years older than Conroy.

Franco is the same age as Charles White who won the Heisman
Trophy in 1979.

He's the same age as Mike Scioscia, Dave Righetti and Bruce
Hurst. He's 3 years older than Kirby Puckett and 5 years
older than Ozzie Guillen.

Looking at other sports, he's older than Mike Singletary,
Lawrence Taylor, and Magic Johnson. He's three years older
than Isiah Thomas, Dan Marino and Boomer Esiason. He's five
years older than Charles Barkley.

He's the same age as Andy Gibb, who's been dead for 17 years
and, to paraphrase Bill James, you can't get any older
than dead.

2005-12-16 09:39:25
1.   D4P
To really put things in perspective:

Roughly 39 years ago, Bob Timmermann was born. Julio Franco is roughly 8 years older.

Interesting tidbit: From 1987 to 1991, Franco stole between 21 and 36 bases per season. However, after 1991, he never stole more than 9 in a season.

2005-12-16 09:46:57
2.   Bob Timmermann
It's not roughly 39 years ago, it's 40 years and 6 days ago.
2005-12-16 09:51:31
3.   D4P
Well then, congratulations. I think...
2005-12-16 09:58:54
4.   Bob Timmermann
Like most people I'm just more rapidly approaching death.

Except for Julio Franco. He's immortal.

2005-12-16 10:00:34
5.   D4P
Maybe "The Griddle" will retard your aging process and renew your vitality.
2005-12-16 10:03:10
6.   Bob Timmermann
I imagine that playing with my young nephews and nieces over Christmas will help that.
2005-12-16 10:08:47
7.   D4P
Nothing like "Pile on Uncle Bob" to keep you spry.
2005-12-16 10:12:18
8.   Bob Timmermann
It keeps me both spry and bruised. After a few hours of this, one of the parental types walks over and says "Why do you let them jump up and down on you?" "I thought that's what I was supposed to do?"
2005-12-16 10:14:41
9.   D4P
Tall people invite that kind of treatment. Short people (like me) assume you can withstand it. Plus, it's how we enact our revenge.
2005-12-16 10:17:22
10.   D4P
Er, exact, not enact.
2005-12-16 10:26:51
11.   Bob Timmermann
"Enact" works too, it just sort of implies that you are passing legislation in Congress though.
2005-12-16 10:33:22
12.   D4P
Which isn't really what I wanted to imply.
2005-12-16 10:54:09
13.   Ken Arneson
CSPAN would be a lot more fun if passing a bill meant all the Congresspeople had to play "Dogpile on the President" to keep him from vetoing everything.
2005-12-16 10:58:02
14.   Bob Timmermann
How can anyone not say C-SPAN is fun all the time! It's the most compelling viewing on TV!

I love watching "Special Orders" and listening to some guy drone on and on and on in front of an empty chamber.

2005-12-16 11:03:50
15.   D4P
to keep him from vetoing everything.

Or, as the case may be, to keep him from passing ANYthing.

2005-12-16 11:25:15
16.   Bob Timmermann
But the dogpile would really only work to keep a veto from being used because bills become law if the president doesn't sign them in 10 days.

Unless the Congress has adjourned and the "pocket veto" is used.

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