I don’t give a rats ass aboutÂ the numbers and Hall of FameÂ credentials Pepsodent smile and all that, my favorite Mets catcher of all time is was and may forever be Jerry Grote. Not even close. Go ahead flame my ass about this I don’t give a fuck you hear me all you Piazza and Carter fans.Â My guy Grote was the original Captain Red Ass.Â Nobody fired a ball back to a pitcher (including The Franchise) with purpose like Grote did.Â Add in the fact that he wore a wool baseballall cap with the bill turned up (no protectiveÂ helmet for him) that my young whipper snappers readers was a man’s catcher.
So why the “Get off my lawn” diatribe you wonder? Well the good folks at The HardballÂ Time have an outstanding post on the comparison between Mike Piazza, Pudge Rodriguez and <head bowed> Johnny Bench that fired my middle aged ass up this morning
For all my love of Grote I also have aÂ deep respect and admiration for JB. In fact last time I was up in Cooperstown IÂ bought a Reds t-shirtÂ with BENCH 5 on the back. Check out theÂ posting as it breaks down all three’sÂ offensive and defensive numbersÂ Â Â
Still, the guy I want behinf the plate for my team is Jerry Grote.Â Now GET OFF MY LAWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!