On Saturday I posted a front page blog asking people to vote for Bobby Scales to be an All Star in 2009 (NL, 2nd Base). I cited his history, his commitment to the game and the fact that there were many teams he could have started for but such was not his fate. It seems we are not alone in our admiration of this young man.
He’s got the journeymen credentials to make him a fan favorite. He hustles and he perseveres. In some circles, he’s known as the ‘black Matt Murton’. His smile alone is enough to impregnate even the most barren of wombs.
TONY GINNETTI (Sun Times)
The feel-good story of Bobby Scales, who spent 11 seasons in the minors awaiting his chance to ‘’make it,’’ might be the latest success story for the Cubs’ farm system.
DAN MCGRATH (Tribune)
His stay was supposed to be brief, but Scales banged a single to left off reigning Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum his second time at the plate and has been hanging ever since: eight hits in his first 18 at-bats, including a home run against the Padres on Tuesday night and two two-run doubles Thursday.
“Scales is swinging the bat, driving the ball,” manager Lou Piniella said. “He wants playing time.”
He has his own blog called 30 IS THE NEW 20!
What a week!
Well obviously by now just about all of you know what has happened to me in the last week of my life. It has been truly amazing and all I can do is point up to the sky and thank the Man for granting me the opportunity after 11 minor league seasons. I also have to thank my family, especially my Wife, Mom, and Dad for the support they have all given me from day one.
He even has his own WIKIPEDIA PAGE.
While we may have been the first to endorse Bobby Scales to be an All Star this year, I doubt we will be the last.
People may ask how Cubs fans can continue to be Cubs fans after a century of not winning the World Series. These people are not fans. I am a Sox fan. Right now I am suffering badly. That does not mean that I am going to put my Thome jersey or my Konerko T in mothballs. This is my team. We belong to each other. Good, bad or indifferent, this is the team I root for year after year.
However fans become attached to a team, whether by family, friends or happenstance, does not matter. What matters is this is the team that they have chosen and this will be their team until the end.
Bobby Scales embodies the truest form of what fans believe; that this could be the year. And for him, after 11 years of toil, it is.
Which, for a team that is built around omens and the like, may be the best sign they have ever had.
CLICK HERE to write in your vote for Bobby! (NL All Star - 2nd Base)