Monday, May 28, 2007

Bo Jackson = Freak of Nature

A nice piece on the man, the myth, the legend....Bo Jackson. Good lord was this guy talented. Here are a few highlights of the story (and this doesn't even go into his Tecmo Bowl prowess):

  • On the day Bo signed, he asked whether he could take batting practice. Bo had not swung a bat in months. He hit the first pitch he saw off the base of the crown scoreboard in center field. It had to fly 450 feet. Avron Fogelman, who co-owned the Royals, shouted: “Get me that baseball.” Bo promptly hit the second ball he saw to almost the exact same spot, off the base of the scoreboard.
    “Get me that ball, too,” Fogelman said.
  • May 15, 1989: Legendary baseball writer Peter Gammons was in Minnesota to write a Sports Illustrated cover story about Jackson, so he watched Bo take batting practice. It was a typical Bo hitting session — he cracked rockets all over the field. Then it was time for his last swing. Bo jumped into the cage and hit left-handed.
    He hit a titanic shot 450 feet off the Hardware Hank sign in right field.
    “I got work to do,” Bo said to the other players, whose jaws had dropped. He ran out to the outfield to shag some fly balls.

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