I thoroughly enjoyed watching the Husky hoop game last night (conveniently scheduled about an hour after the Mariners finished a ragged game against Colorado). There was a large crowd of Husky supporters at McDuffy’s, a sports bar in Peoria, which made for a fun atmosphere. The improvement by the Huskies since the middle of the season is remarkable. Now if my Cal Bears can further uphold the honor of the Pac-10 today, that would be great. Condolences to Ryan Divish for the demise of his beloved Montana Griz. Maybe next century.
The Mariners have a night game tonight, so all’s quiet for now. Just for the heck of it, I comprised an All-Washington baseball team:
OF: Claudell Washington (1974-90) A’s, Rangers, White Sox, Mets, Braves, Yankees, Angels. One of many major leaguers to come out of Berkeley High School.
OF: George “Vern” Washington (1935-36) White Sox (There have been 19 players in MLB history with the first name George and middle name Washington, including George Washington “Zip” Zabel.
OF: Rico Washington (2008) Cardinals
Special guest OF: Butch Huskey (1993-2000) Mets, Mariners, Red Sox, Twins, Rockies. He was once beautifully described as baseball’s first zero-tool player.
1B: None, so we’ll give the job to Herb Washington, Charlie Finley’s designated runner with the A’s in 1974-75. Washington appeared in 105 games with no plate appearances. He wasn’t even that good at his one job, stealing bases — 31 steals, 17 caught stealing.
2B: LaRue Washington (1978-79) Rangers.
SS: U.L. Washington (1977-87) Royals, Expos, Pirates. Best toothpick in major-league history.
3B: Ron Washington (1981-89) Dodgers, Twins, Orioles, Indians, Astros. More on him in a later post. He’s been in the news this week, it turns out.
C: All I could come up with was Harry “Husky” Glenn of the St. Louis Cardinals, 1915.
P: Washington “Wash” Williams (1885) Chicago Cubs. OK, this is a real stretch. Ol’ Wash pitched in one game (two innings) for the Cubs.
Bonus player: Husky King (1901) eight games at an unknown position for Park City, Utah of the Inter-Mountain League. Gotta love Baseball-Reference.com for having him in their archives.