Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Gary Gaetti

Aaron Gleeman reposted his Twin's rankings on Gaetti so I decided to write about him today also.

I always loved Gaetti and his '88 card in Pursue the Pennant was awseome except for the fact that he was injury prone.

Like most Twins, his '88 season was actually better than his '87 season.

I don't want to blame it on religion, but there was talk of religion taking away his focus from baseball. Which is fine with me, I am not judging.

After he was hurt in '88 he found god during rehab and fell out of Hrbek's clique and into Gagne's "clique" and he became a born again christian.

Again I am not judging, I think it is perfectly fine and exceptable to find god.
In fact, it might have been a good thing for his career. He probably wouldn't have lasted as long if he would have kept drinking and smoking.

My only regret for him is that he and Hrbek grew apart. Up intil the injury they had been inseparable.

I rememeber the All Star game (I think it was '88) where Gaetti played and wrote T.Rex on his hand in honor of Hrbek and showed it to the camera as he was introduced.

T. Rex was Hrbie's wrestling name.

They were a cute couple.


At 8:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw your comment on Gleeman's blog and had to reply. Gaetti's demise/finding God happened when his wife left him and moved in with a former teammate. I know everyone blames his bad years on his "finding God" but it was really a combination of personal problems (divorce) and recovering from his injury.

At 8:46 AM, Blogger J. Mark English said...

Why did you stop writing?


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