Wednesday, June 5, 2013
728th Place - Lenn Sakata
I've mentioned before that I'm a lifelong Orioles fan, so seeing Lenn Sakata not wearing an O's uniform - and especially wearing a Yankees jersey - really weirds we out. It just doesn't look natural.
Sakata had a very peculiar and interesting career in the majors, being one of the first Asian Americans to ever play in the bigs, and having the distinction of being replaced by Cal Ripken Jr. at shortstop. Sakata had one of the cushiest jobs in baseball after that: backing up the Iron Man. SABR has an awesome write-up on their biography project page.
I was just reading Kevin's Greg Briley post and thinking, "man, I miss big glasses on ball players." Sakata only reinforces those emotions.