A Tribute to #26 Red Adams and Doug Mientkiewicz
Back in March when my blog was ranked #26 I said that only two Dodger players had worn #26 and I dedicated it to Hall of Famer Heinie Manush ttp://crzblue.mlblogs.com/archives/2009/03/.
Well I was reminded by a friend at the stadium that Pitching Coach Red Adams had that number. Thanks Alex!
Also my good friend LuvtheDodgers23 told me “what about Mientkiewicz?” Thanks LTD23! It was funny ’cause I was asking as Dougie was coming up to bat.
Red Adams(baseball-reference picture)
Charles Dwight Adams (born October 7, 1921) was the longtime pitching coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers, He was born in Parlier, California. Parlier is in the Fresno area.
Adams won over 150 games in the minor leagues from 1942-1957. Among the minor league teams that he played back then were the Angels, the Padres, and the Miami Marlins. He also pitched briefly in the Major Leagues with the chicago Cubs in 1946.
After his playing career, he was a scout for the Dodgers from 1959-1968. He was the pitching coach from 1969-1980, helping develop many of the Dodgers pitchers.
Quote from Don Sutton at Cooperstown:
“Red Adams is a standard by which every pitching coach should be measured. No person ever meant more to me in my career than Red Adams, and without him I wouldn’t be standing in Cooperstown today.”
Tommy John also gave Adams a tremendous amount of credit:
“He saw me throw on the side and told me, `You know, you can win with just a fastball.’ I thought he was kidding. I had to pitch a certain way, or so I thought. But he kept pounding it into me that I could get by with just a fastball.” -Tommy John., remembering advice that Red Adams gave him in 1972 that helped him have the best years of his career in the 1970’s.
Red Adams is 87. I wonder if Tommy Lasorda still keeps in contact with his old pitching coach.
this picture was taken during the InsidetheDodgers (ITD) blog tour.
I love what Doug’s tshirt says here:
Minor setback for a Major Comeback
Doug Mientkiewics was injured back on April 16, dislocating his shoulder, and was told by docors his baseball career might be over. However, he persevered, making the long climb back to the majors. Mientkiewicz had a pinch-hit single in his first game back last Wednesday night.
Afer receiving congratulatory high-fives from teammates in the dugout, Mientkiewics ducked into the clubhouse and disappeard for 10 minutes. “I went and found a quiet place,” he said, not disclosing the location. “it was in the building. I knew no one would find me. The emotions exploded.”
Trainer Stan Conte, who oversaw Mientikiewics’s rehab assignment, admitted, reluctantly, that he was also touched by the moment. “I got misty-eyed,” Conte said.
Congratulations Dougie! Your hard work is paying off!
A big thank you! to all that have contribute to my ranking this month! I love you all!!!
references: Baseball-reference, L.A. Times