As promised… my first request! I was emailed a request to do a certain player. I gladly obliged, but then I realized something. This guy played back in a time when there was no at bat music. That means that I would have to assign him at bat music. Let’s just say this post… should be fun.
Ty Cobb, outfielder Detroit Tigers/Philadelphia Athletics 1905-1928
Ty Cobb is famous for being arguably the best hitter of all time. He is also famous for being a complete jerk. Barry Bonds looks like Derek Jeter compared to the jerk that Cobb was. Why is he a jerk you asked? Glad you asked!
- He was a noted racist. He once fought an African-American groundskeeper during spring training. He also once stabbed an African-American watchman after he tried to intervene after Cobb slapped an elevator operator for being “uppity” (The elevator operator was also African-American).
- He once attacked a heckler during a game. The heckler had no hands. When spectators tried to tell this to Cobb, he said “I don’t care if he got no feet!”
- Cobb had an interesting relationship with umpire Billy Evans. They would often get into heated arguments, and they would settle them by fighting under the grandstands after games. The best part? Players from both teams would attend.
- Cobb had a notorious hatred for Babe Ruth. Once, to prove a point that he could hit as well as Ruth but simply chose not to do so, Cobb decided to start swinging for the fences for two games. The result? In the first game, he set a record for most total bases in a game (16), going 6-6 with two singles, a double, and three home runs. In the second game, he ONLY got three hits, a single and two home runs. His five home runs in two games tied a record set by Cap Anson. Cobb proved his point.
- He is infamous for sharpening his spikes and sliding extra hard into bases.
- He had a rivalry with his teammate Sam Crawford. Cobb attributed it to jealousy, let’s just go with that and ignore that Cobb was a jerk. Cobb accused Crawford of deliberately fouling off pitches to keep Cobb from stealing bases.
- Sentimental story time! As much as Cobb hated Ruth and Crawford, he did respect them deeply. During an interview, Cobb called Ruth “the best hitter he’s ever seen”. His feud with Crawford carried on until Cobb’s death, but after Cobb’s death, a reporter searched his house and found hundreds of letters that Cobb had written to influential people lobbying for Crawford’s inclusion in the Hall of Fame. Crawford was elected into the Hall of Fame four years before Cobb’s death. Crawford later said he never knew about Cobb’s letters.
If I hear one more person say that Barry Bonds is the biggest jerk to ever play the game of baseball…
Song: Ty Cobb was a mean spirited player. I immediately thought that some of that piano music that they played for villains in really old western movies would be perfect. After going through various songs, I came down to two: American Bad *** by Kid Rock and B**** by Meredith Brooks. Finally, it dawned on me. Ty Cobb is a rebel (to put it nicely), and who’s my favorite rebel of all time? Stone Cold Steve Austin. Game, set and match, Cobb would go out to Stone Cold’s theme music. Whenever people would hear Austin’s theme music, they knew a butt whooping was coming. I’m pretty sure that’s exactly how opponents felt when they saw Cobb coming up. Or at least that’s how they SHOULD have felt.
Interpretation: Whenever people would hear Austin’s theme music, they knew a butt whooping was coming. I’m pretty sure that’s exactly how opponents felt when they saw Cobb coming up. Or at least that’s how they SHOULD have felt. Remember the whole “he sharpened his spikes” thing? You think he did that just to pass the time?
Tomorrow: I attempt to decipher the many warm up songs of Jeremy Guthrie, and decide on ONE song for him. He’s had some pretty… interesting warm up music choices. I’ll leave you with this: Most pitchers like to go out to rock or hip-hop. Guthrie? Let’s just say he’s not like most pitchers.