By Michael Rand
Before we get to Stu’s Anniversary Hunt Down, which is an obvious tip of the cap to our youthful love of the Atlanta Braves, we would be remiss if we didn’t mention to our Kansas City area readers that Seasons Beatings, a mixed martial arts event featuring disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding, is this Friday at the National Guard Armory (thanks to colleague Rachel B. for passing that along). OK, Stu?
Name: Terry Pendleton
Claim to Fame, Minnesota: was a member of both the 1987 St. Louis Cardinals and 1991 Atlanta Braves teams that lost to the eventual World Champion Minnesota Twins in the World Series. Most notably, he hit the double that should have scored Lonnie Smith in Game 7 of the 1991 World Series. The Star Tribune has learned that Smith did not, in fact, score on that play. At press time, the Star Tribune was unable to confirm reports that Prep Sports Team Leader Michael Rand watches this play and the Hrbek/Gant play over and over on dark nights of the soul, plotting an elaborate revenge scheme before collapsing in a sobbing heap, clutching his Dale Murphy gameworn. [Proprietor note: Shows what Stu knows. Everyone knows Smith scored on that play and the Braves won the 1991 World Series].
Claim to Fame, Everywhere Else: was a major contributor to the aforementioned squads. Pendleton appeared in two World Series and won two Gold Gloves with the Cardinals, and was named the National League’s Most Valuable Player for his 1991 performance with the Braves.
Glorious Randomness: shares his hometown of Oxnard, California with new Twin Delmon Young and, um, John Holmes. You can Google that last one yourself if you’re unfamilar with his body of work (zing!), but I’d recommend doing so from the privacy of your own home. The Wiki entry also notes that Lee Van Cleef died in Oxnard, which is as good an excuse as any to link to a The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly trailer. They do not make film villains like that anymore, but I haven’t seen No Country for Old Men yet. [Proprietor note: Don't worry, Stu, the best film of the year will come to St. Cloud soon].
Talk Amongst Yourselves: in RandBall’s one-year existence, where does Stu’s Huntdown rank on the list of commenter-written features that usually run on Thursday but sometimes don’t? Constructive criticism a plus, but know that I’ll hate you forever, Jon.