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RIP Don Zimmer

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by BenPoquette, Jun 4, 2014.

  1. BenPoquette

    BenPoquette Active Member

    I am hearing that Zim passed today...will never forget Pedro tossing him to the ground.
     
  2. 93Devil

    93Devil Well-Known Member

    RIP

    Does he go into heaven wearing a Cubs, Sox or Yankee hat?
     
  3. As a Red Sox fan, the first thing that comes to mind is Denny Doyle hearing "Go go go" and Zimmer saying it was "No no no" when George Foster threw Doyle out at the plate in Game 6.

    RIP to Popeye. Quite a life in baseball.

    Edit to show this clip when he was with the Cubs (the great 30-minute argument that included the fight with Mario Soto), where you can see how intense he just was: http://youtu.be/qAhzFOBKrE8?t=8m16s
    Hell, just watch the entire clip.
     
  4. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    Oh no!
     
  5. Gator

    Gator Well-Known Member

    Will be remembered by young people as the guy who charged Pedro and thrown to the ground. That's kind of sad.
     
  6. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    Zimmer was nearly killed when he was beaned in the minor leagues in 1953. He was administered the last rites and spent two weeks in a coma.

    Then he woke up and lived another 60 years.
     
  7. BDC99

    BDC99 Well-Known Member

    Rays? Nah, has to be Yankees, no? RIP to a true sports icon.
     
  8. BDC99

    BDC99 Well-Known Member

    Not really. I think most people who saw that could sense the respect Zimmer had within the game.
     
  9. spikechiquet

    spikechiquet Well-Known Member

    When I think of Zimmer, I think Cubs.

    And yes kids..he was more than just the guy that Pedro tossed to the side.
     
  10. BDC99

    BDC99 Well-Known Member

    He sure bounced around a lot, but it looks like his best years were with the Cubs. I was not even a gleam in my father's eye when he retired, so I mostly remember him as a coach.
     
  11. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    Zimmer won his first World Series ring as a utility infielder with the Dodgers in 1955.

    But his pettiness helped cost the Red Sox the division in 1978. He so hated Bill Lee that he refused to start him in a key series against the Yankees. Rookie Bobby Sprowl started instead, and got torched.

    Anyway, RIP to a pretty good player, a great "baseball man" and a so-so manager. Zimmer's one of the last guys who could say he earned every dollar he ever made in his life from baseball.
     
  12. Thus earning him the nickname 'Gerbil' from Lee.
     
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