I've been reading Tim Kurkjian's book "Is this a great game or what?" and I read something I think most sports fans will appreciate.
In the 1979 amateur baseball draft, Don Mattingly was taken in the 19th round. Drafted ahead of him that year?
Dan Marino, John Elway, and Jay Schroeder.
I knew that Elway played minor league ball, I didn't know about the other two, though.
Yeah, it should, but we don't live in Shouldland! Ah, Shouldland, where clean-cut kids cruise Shouldland Boulevard, and the Shouldland High football team gets their optimistic asses kicked by their crosstown rival, Reality Check Tech.
This *was* the story back in those days. Juiced ball - wound tight. Lousy 2nd rate pitiching due to exapansion. Other than McGwire's "Andro" issue, no one cared much about steroids until Jose's book and Caminitti's Mea Culpla.