The W
Views: 105977723
Main | FAQ | Search: Y! / G | Color chart | Log in for more!
28.7.08 1940
The 7 - Baseball - Eric Gregg Near Death
This thread has 1 referral leading to it
Register and log in to post!
(264 newer) Next thread | Previous thread
User
Post (10 total)
drjayphd
2-time W of the Day!
Moderator
Level: 116

Posts: 2871/3955
EXP: 17313068
For next: 11077

Since: 22.4.02
From: Long Island

Since last post: 29 days
Last activity: 8 days
AIM:  
ICQ:  
Y!:
#1 Posted on 5.6.06 1434.48
Reposted on: 5.6.13 1435.49
Former ump fighting for life after stroke (sports.espn.go.com)

    Originally posted by AP
    The 55-year-old Gregg, who spent his career trying to overcome weight problems that saw him reach almost 400 pounds, was in critical condition at Lankenau Hospital.

    "Physically, his body is with us. The brain is almost gone," Kevin Gregg said. "The damage to the brain is so severe, we're just waiting to see how long he can fight. We're still waiting to see if it's two hours or two days.


I'm sure we all remember Gregg and "his large frame and large strike zone" (AP said it, not me) but I hope he and his family can make the most of whatever time he has left.

(edited by drjayphd on 5.6.06 1535)
Promote this thread!
kwik
Summer sausage
Level: 45

Posts: 43/443
EXP: 639850
For next: 20319

Since: 5.9.02
From: Norwich, NY

Since last post: 270 days
Last activity: 8 hours
AIM:  
#2 Posted on 5.6.06 2057.58
Reposted on: 5.6.13 2058.30
Eric Gregg died earlier this evening at a hospital in Philadelphia:

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2472025
Roy.
Pepperoni
Level: 64

Posts: 945/1040
EXP: 2166053
For next: 48056

Since: 25.2.04
From: Keystone State

Since last post: 2636 days
Last activity: 1105 days
#3 Posted on 5.6.06 2230.13
Reposted on: 5.6.13 2230.17
Dang. I really liked the guy. I seem to remember him doing local bits on the Philadelphia ABC affiliate's sports section, and he came off as a pretty funny, friendly guy.

I have numerous friends who curse him because of his wide strike zone, but I always thought he was a professional on the field. It always bummed me that he got squeezed when the umps had their failed walkout.

RIP
Big Bad
Scrapple
Level: 148

Posts: 3999/6862
EXP: 40007672
For next: 371086

Since: 4.1.02
From: Dorchester, Ontario

Since last post: 18 hours
Last activity: 6 hours
#4 Posted on 6.6.06 0136.58
Reposted on: 6.6.13 0137.21
Wide strike zone notwithstanding, it was wide for everyone. All you can ask of an ump is that he's consistent, so any batter worth his salt would've adjusted in heading to the plate.

RIP, Blue
Eddie Famous
Andouille
Level: 91

Posts: 1442/2205
EXP: 7304508
For next: 164433

Since: 11.12.01
From: Catlin IL

Since last post: 47 days
Last activity: 1 day
#5 Posted on 6.6.06 0347.26
Reposted on: 6.6.13 0347.30
    Originally posted by Big Bad
    Wide strike zone notwithstanding, it was wide for everyone.


With Gregg it was more random than anything else. He was one of the worst ball/strike umpires the majors has ever seen.

That said, he seemed to be a genuinely good guy off the field and I can certainly sympathize with his struggles with the weight, and I wish his family the best.
estragand
Summer sausage
Level: 45

Posts: 361/439
EXP: 636482
For next: 23687

Since: 18.6.02

Since last post: 2834 days
Last activity: 2834 days
AIM:  
#6 Posted on 6.6.06 1826.03
Reposted on: 6.6.13 1826.05
I'm sure Brave fans can confirm or deny this-- but wasn't Gregg the homeplate umpire in the game 6 of the 1997 NLCS, where Livan Hernandez racked up about 14-15 K's in one game?
thecubsfan
Scrapple
Moderator
Level: 135

Posts: 1647/5561
EXP: 29259269
For next: 75812

Since: 10.12.01
From: Aurora, IL

Since last post: 2 hours
Last activity: 2 hours
#7 Posted on 6.6.06 1832.25
Reposted on: 6.6.13 1833.15
Yep. 15Ks
TheBucsFan
TheChiefsFan
Level: 110

Posts: 1835/3428
EXP: 14128714
For next: 280218

Since: 2.1.02

Since last post: 350 days
Last activity: 350 days
#8 Posted on 6.6.06 1834.40
Reposted on: 6.6.13 1834.57
    Originally posted by estragand
    I'm sure Brave fans can confirm or deny this-- but wasn't Gregg the homeplate umpire in the game 6 of the 1997 NLCS, where Livan Hernandez racked up about 14-15 K's in one game?


yes

Guess cubs is too fast...

(edited by TheBucsFan on 6.6.06 2004)
cfgb
Bierwurst
Level: 85

Posts: 1265/1906
EXP: 5857674
For next: 40890

Since: 2.1.02
From: Ottawa, Ontario

Since last post: 2 days
Last activity: 16 hours
#9 Posted on 6.6.06 1834.50
Reposted on: 6.6.13 1834.58
    Originally posted by estragand
    I'm sure Brave fans can confirm or deny this-- but wasn't Gregg the homeplate umpire in the game 6 of the 1997 NLCS, where Livan Hernandez racked up about 14-15 K's in one game?


Please don't remind me. That was among the least pleasant games I have EVER had to watch as a Braves fan. It immediately vaulted Livan into Young Pitcher God status, despite the fact the ONLY reason he could boast such a brilliant performance was as a result of strikes being called more than a foot off the plate.

I was not impressed.
JoshMann
Andouille
Level: 88

Posts: 1938/2159
EXP: 6556348
For next: 94342

Since: 17.11.03
From: Tallahassee, FL

Since last post: 2570 days
Last activity: 2568 days
AIM:  
Y!:
#10 Posted on 6.6.06 1900.23
Reposted on: 6.6.13 1903.45
To be fair, Gregg called the same inflated strike zone for both teams that day.
ALL ORIGINAL POSTS IN THIS THREAD ARE NOW AVAILABLE
Thread ahead: Peter Gammons suffers brain aneurysm
Next thread: HGH scandal
Previous thread: Clemens signs
(264 newer) Next thread | Previous thread
Related threads: Question about the divisions - 2006 Season Predictions - MLB.TV - More...
The 7 - Baseball - Eric Gregg Near DeathRegister and log in to post!

The W™ message board - 7 year recycle

ZimBoard
©2001-2015 Brothers Zim
This old hunk of junk rendered your page in 0.237 seconds.