Baseball season should be starting now, but it isn’t, thanks to the Great Quarantine.
Remember Anthony Young? In 1992-93, he lost 27 consecutive decisions for the New York Mets, including a two-hit masterpiece, 1-0. When he finally won a 5-4 game in 1993, the Mets’ manager, Dallas Green, uncorked a bottle of champagne to celebrate.
Anthony died in 2017: inoperable brain tumor.
For a little while there, the whole country’s eyes were on him. Anthony wasn’t a bad pitcher; far from it; but the Mets of his era were a very bad team. He just went out to the mound again and again, and lost again and again.
He endured his trial with grace, didn’t complain, didn’t demand to be traded, didn’t blame the losses on his teammates. Just went on and on until, finally, he won.
For which he deserves to be remembered. I don’t pay much attention to sports anymore; but the rich history of baseball is a continual delight to me.
P.S.–Poor Anthony! The first time I tried to publish this post, it simply disappeared!