Archive for January, 2011

Blues for Eric Show (1956-1994)

Posted in non-de Jesus related on January 23, 2011 by wechslerh66

Fergie Jenkins was born in Canada, Bert Blyleven in Zeist.
Fergie Jenkins was born in Canada, Bert Blyleven in Zeist.
Eric Show was born in Riverside and born again in Christ.

His father was a boxer from the mean streets of Pittsburgh.
His father was a boxer from the mean streets of Pittsburgh.
He would show his son no mercy and he wouldn’t say a word.

Eric was a physics major at the UC Riverside.
Eric was a physics major at the UC Riverside.
His wife was Cara Mia and his out pitch was his slider.

He was a jazz guitarist and he often sang the blues.
He was a jazz guitarist and he often sang the blues.
Between Elvis and the Beatles, he always wore his boogie shoes.

Reagan was a leftist, said the Birch Society.
Reagan was a leftist, said the Birch Society.
And Eric was a Bircher, so he tended to agree.

In the ’84 World Series, he started in Game 4.
In the ’84 World Series, he started in Game 4.
Knocked out early by the Tigers, quoth the Padre, nevermore.

When they honored Charlie Hustle, Eric sat down on the mound.
When they honored Charlie Hustle, Eric sat down on the mound.
Then he fought Mellow Carmelo and no one wanted him around.

When he took crystal methedrine, they had to call the cops.
When he took crystal methedrine, they had to call the cops.
When they arrested him, he said, “Kill me”– but he wasn’t shot.

Someone found him dead March 16– could have been an overdose.
Someone found him dead March 16– could have been an overdose.
Early though the laurel grows, it withers quicker than the rose.

© 1994 by H. Wechsler

Eric Show career: 101-89, 3.66, 971 K, 35 CG, 11 ShO, 99 ERA+

Also worth reading:

“The tortured life of Eric Show” by Tom Friend of ESPN.com

“Mystery Man” by Brent Schrotenboer of the San Diego Union-Tribune

“All’s Right With His World” by Franz Lidz of Sports Illustrated, 8/6/84

Also worth hearing:

“Padres Win Again” by Eric Show

Hipper than Werth

Posted in non-de Jesus related, the de Jesus Era on January 16, 2011 by wechslerh66

Everyone has a band with an 80s Phillies jones these days, or at least 80s baseball. Hardcore fans have Dykstra, whose members include one Vaughn Hayes, whose breathless growls you probably hear on tracks like “One Nut Kruk.” Psyched-out hippies have Von Haze, whose languorous drone recalls Joe Boever trying to throw a strike. Hipsters who’ve worn out their R.E.M. and Pavement LPs (who doesn’t own vinyl? please) but miss the Blue Jays and Indians being relevant have Candy Maldonado (who also happens to make a really pathetic Halloween costume). Even Hoboken’s own Yo La Tengo owes its name to His Whiteness.

True, up north, bands worship at the altars of 80s hockey gods, and enough red-blooded grunge bands from the states prefer 80s basketball. But 80s baseball remains the Coke, the Mercedes, the cool jazz of sports band names among the hipsterati.

Who else will be welcomed into this hipster pantheon someday? What other obscure, ironic, or memorably bad 80s (or 90s, or 00s) players will become heroes of the Barbary, or Kung Fu Necktie, or (we can only dream) Johnny Brenda’s?

My nominations:

Hee Seop Choi— would probably be a ska band (“Hee Skeop Choi”?) who grew up Dodger fans in Orange County during the Paul DePodesta era

Dread Lowrie— obviously, a Boston reggae band (e.g. white Harvard alum Trustafarian Red Sox fans, or, Vampire Weekend meets Dread Zeppelin)

Ricky Bones— think Muse meets Band of Skulls, or, welcome to the Twilight: Part IV soundtrack

Outside of the realm of baseball:

Jukka-Pekka Seppo— sounds Scandinavian, but isn’t– think Hüsker Dü

Réal Cloutier, or simply Cloutier (so as not to exclude him or him)– Canadian, no doubt; somewhere in the Tragically Hip/Rheostatics/Odds realm

Polamalu— obviously, an Angry Samoans tribute band

Zarley Zalapski— a Pittsburgh ZZ Top cover band (would that be redundant?)

Of course, “DeJesus” would totally rock too, but it’s been taken.