When Giants’ ace Tim Lincecum is on the mound, fans place large “K” placards on the walls of AT&T Park for every strikeout the two-time Cy Young winner posts. In our featured Midget League affair from 1970, Edison hurler Brad Speier had a similar following… sort of. Umpire Bob Jensen was posting one “Z” after another trying to stay awake in this one sided baseball affair.
Speier did get a solo “K” to go with 8 “BBs” allowed. And that was the good news. The bad news for his fellow Edison tribesmen was the 29 runs they allowed Washington to score. The Bucs went wild at the plate with 23 hits to compliment 15 free passes served up by the Warrior pitching staff. Things weren’t much better for the defense as they committed 5 errors. (43 baserunners and only 29 runs scored? Edison coach Barry Weiss must have been razzing the opposition for a clear lack of “hustle”!)
Washington’s perfect storm also included pitchers Doug McLair and John Mendoza combining on a no-hitter to backstop Robert Orbeta. In addition to their fine moundwork, McLair and Mendoza each slugged a home run, triple and double for the Pirates. But there were more fireworks that day as Larry Lopez knocked a triple, while Steve Ortega, John Childs, and Chuck Ojeda each added a double.
To be fair, we must acknowledge that Edison did draw a walk and another lonely Indian got to camp momentarily at first base following an unusual Pirate error. The fielder must have been snoozing along with umpire Jensen.
PlayBall! is taking donations to purchase a CPAP machine for Bob Jensen. And speaking of sleep, Washington catcher Robert Orbeta was so tired from the game he’s taken an afternoon nap every day for the past 40 years. You can find him under his desk at Alameda Municipal Power. As for Brad Speier… we love you man! Have a BudLite.