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You wanted the best, you got... Out of Context Quote of the Week.

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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)


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Eric Gregg died earlier this evening at a hospital in Philadelphia:

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2472025



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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.

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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.

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    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.



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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?



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Yep. 15Ks



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    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)
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    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.
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To be fair, Gregg called the same inflated strike zone for both teams that day.



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