Whenever you get a chance to get former players, from whatever sport, together you always run the risk of being entertained. Yesterday at the MLB Players Alumni Association Golf Outing was no different. Whether it’s the insight, the comparison between the players of today versus their own era, the stories behind the scenes; it’s something that you simply have to sit back, shut up, listen and enjoy.
“Carlton’s (Fisk) a Hall of Famer”, former Brewers reliever Kenny Sanders told me, “A couple of years ago when I was running this event, it was a cloudy day. Everyone’s getting ready to head out to their tee boxes. There are two golf carts left, one with a roof and one without and Carlton and I are standing there as the skies started to open up. I ran and grabbed the cart with a roof and started driving away. Fisk’s yelling at me “I’m the Hall of Famer” as he stood in the rain….I just kept driving and told him, “I don’t give a @#*$, I had the keys to the cart”. Laughing, Sanders recalled, “There’s Pudge (Fisk’s nickname), 3 holes later wearing a bright orange crappy plastic poncho looking like he should have been picking up trash on the highway”.
Later, when I asked the Red Sox Hall of Famer, Fisk recalled, “Yeah, I just need to be quicker in my old age. It’s raining a bit today and that’s why I have this (shaking his umbrella at me) and this (showing me a golf ball)”. I asked Fisk, the umbrella I understand but why the golf ball? Fisk answered, “Cuz I’ll hit Sanders in the head with it if he grabs my cart again”.