Catching up with Von Hayes

MLB.com has an interview with Von Hayes today.

A few years ago, I reviewed his career statistics and noticed, much to my surprise, that he was a well above-average player. Much better than I remembered. He was definitely an asset to the ballclub and made the Phillies a better team.

That said, I still hate him.

Simply because of the trade. On December 9, 1982, the Phillies front office must have been on drugs. There’s no way that trade would ever have paid off. Julio Franco by himself was more valuable than Hayes.

When the Phillies finally traded Hayes away, I had much the same reaction as Lenny Dykstra:

Great trade, who’d we get?

I’m wrong for this, but I just can’t get over it yet. It’s been almost 25 years. But I still cringe at the sound of his name.

(By the way, there’s a local band named “Von Hayes Sucks“.)

Quote-a-palooza

“Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!” – Patrick Henry, born 29 May 1736

“Liberty, the greatest of all earthly blessings – give us that precious jewel, and you may take every things else! Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined.” – Patrick Henry

“The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.” – Patrick Henry

“It is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth- and listen to the song of that syren, till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty?” – Patrick Henry

“We’re the land of the free for one reason only: We’re also the home of the brave.” – Peter Collier

“Compromise is incessantly praised, and has produced the proposed immigration legislation. But compromise is the mother of complexity, which, regarding immigration, virtually guarantees- as the public understands- weak enforcement and noncompliance.” – George Will

“The political class’ urge to capitulate on the integrity of the national border sends as important a message to the world about American will as their urge to capitulate on Iraq.” – Mark Steyn

“A small minority- call it the Democratic base- would actually like to see America lose in Iraq. To them, the enemy is their domestic adversaries, not their country’s foes.” – James Taranto

Jay Leno: Giuliani has been paying his wife $10,000 a month to help write his speeches. That’s every wife’s dream, isn’t it? To put words in your husband’s mouth, and get paid for it. … President Bush was caught driving his truck without a seatbelt on at his ranch, but that’s not even the dangerous part, the dangerous part is Dick Cheney was riding shotgun. … It’s starting to get nasty out there on the campaign trail. A new book out by veteran Democratic strategist Robert Shrum claims when asked about gay rights, John Edwards said he was “not comfortable around those people.” Do you believe that? How does a guy who spends 400 bucks to get his hair styled not like gay people? … The third largest company for daily oil production is in Mexico. See, this is how we break this immigration deadlock- make everyone sneaking across the border carry just one barrel of oil. … Opponents of the immigration bill are asking people to call their congressman and complain. Remember, if you do call, press ‘1’ for English, ‘2’ for Spanish.

Quote-a-palooza

“Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!” – Patrick Henry, born 29 May 1736

“Liberty, the greatest of all earthly blessings – give us that precious jewel, and you may take every things else! Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined.” – Patrick Henry

“The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.” – Patrick Henry

“It is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth- and listen to the song of that syren, till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty?” – Patrick Henry

“We’re the land of the free for one reason only: We’re also the home of the brave.” – Peter Collier

“Compromise is incessantly praised, and has produced the proposed immigration legislation. But compromise is the mother of complexity, which, regarding immigration, virtually guarantees- as the public understands- weak enforcement and noncompliance.” – George Will

“The political class’ urge to capitulate on the integrity of the national border sends as important a message to the world about American will as their urge to capitulate on Iraq.” – Mark Steyn

“A small minority- call it the Democratic base- would actually like to see America lose in Iraq. To them, the enemy is their domestic adversaries, not their country’s foes.” – James Taranto

Jay Leno: Giuliani has been paying his wife $10,000 a month to help write his speeches. That’s every wife’s dream, isn’t it? To put words in your husband’s mouth, and get paid for it. … President Bush was caught driving his truck without a seatbelt on at his ranch, but that’s not even the dangerous part, the dangerous part is Dick Cheney was riding shotgun. … It’s starting to get nasty out there on the campaign trail. A new book out by veteran Democratic strategist Robert Shrum claims when asked about gay rights, John Edwards said he was “not comfortable around those people.” Do you believe that? How does a guy who spends 400 bucks to get his hair styled not like gay people? … The third largest company for daily oil production is in Mexico. See, this is how we break this immigration deadlock- make everyone sneaking across the border carry just one barrel of oil. … Opponents of the immigration bill are asking people to call their congressman and complain. Remember, if you do call, press ‘1’ for English, ‘2’ for Spanish.