Dave Parker: The Cobra’s on-field impact too easily forgotten

Dave Parker

Dave Parker was the star of the stars for the late-’70s Pirates.

Today’s sad news that former All-Star Dave Parker is battling Parkinson’s Disease stirred a host of childhood memories.

I grew up watching “The Cobra.” I was a mediocre right fielder in Little League right around the time Parker was winning batting titles and Gold Gloves patrolling right field in Pittsburgh. For years he was one of my favorite players, both in his truly electric prime as a legitimate five-tool talent with the “We Are Family” Pirates of the late 1970s and later, when he resurrected his career following baseball’s cocaine scandal of the 1980s that also claimed another hero of mine, Vida Blue.

As a West Coast native, I was never a Pirates fan, but they were a fun team to watch throughout much of the 1970s. The late ‘70s “Lumber Company” lineup of Willie Stargell and Bill Madlock and Omar Moreno and more was impressive to say the least, but to me the true superstar was always Parker. Continue reading

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Go Giants! And go A’s too! I’d love to see another Bay Bridge World Series (without the earthquake this time!).

Fine Wining

It’s only fitting that the very first wine bottle to appear on this blog is a baseball-themed one. I’ll be opening this 2010 Duckhorn Wine Company Decoy Red Wine this weekend as the Giants launch another playoff run – their first post-season game since their 2010 World Series title starts Saturday with a Division Series game against the Cincinnati Reds and our old friend Dusty Baker.

In honor of the great memories of 2010, and as good luck for this post-season…I’ll be raising a glass (or two) of Duckhorn Decoy Red this weekend. Go Giants!

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