Friday, August 17, 2007
Illustration Friday: CAPTAIN
This week's Illustration Friday prompt immediately conjured in my mind a famous baseball player named Barry. No, no, not that scandal-ridden newly-crowned home run king...
Barry Larkin was a mainstay of my Reds fandom for as long as I can remember. This Cincinnati native started playing for the Reds when I was 3 and retired as I began my last year of college (a devastating wake-up-and-become-an-adult-because-things-are-changing-fast moment).
[In a similar moment, I discovered today that not only has Reading Rainbow gone off the air, but it ran from the year I was born to the year I graduated from college. Talk about formative!]
Not only was Larkin a brilliant defensive shortstop (3 Gold Gloves) and one of the best-hitting (9 Silver Sluggers) shortstops of his day --a day before the likes of Jeter, A-Rod, and Tejada-- but in 1997 he was named captain of the oldest professional franchise in baseball. We miss you, Barry!