Even though it ranks up there with things I loathe now, I actually was a huge fan of baseball as a kid. Before MJ & Sir Charles, Dale Murphy, Bob Horner & Ozzie Smith were my absolute sports heroes. Or I could’ve been drawn to following the sport just to get packs of baseball cards with the stick of gum inside. Either way, I do remember playing Little League quite well and recall that doing a “Pete Rose slide” was one of the best ways to show how tenacious you were.
Now, the Pete Rose shall be replaced with “the Brian Kownacki” aka the “leap the catcher, risking a neck fracture just to help insure your team’s comeback win.” That’s right, Fordham’s Brian Kownacki has now found his rightful place in history, replacing that degenerate Rose.