I wrote a post earlier this week discussing Harry Caray impressions, which sent me searching for a Harry video for today’s post.
I found this gem with Caray summing up the 1991 season finale by saying
“Sure as God made green apples, someday the Chicago Cubs are going to be in the World Series, and maybe sooner than we think.”
Caray says the Cubs have the ingredients for a winner, but it “requires a veteran manager because this is a veteran team–a mixture of guys who are young but still veterans.”
The reference is aimed at the Cubs (77-83) managerial change after just 37 games, when Don Zimmer (18-19) was replaced by Joe Altobelli (0-1), who warmed the seat for one game until Jim Essian (59-63) took over.
As far as those young veterans on the Cubs (from youngest to oldest):
Position Players: 22- Gary Scott, 23 – Jose Vizcaino, 24 – Rick Wilkins, 25 – Jerome Walton, 26 – Joe Girardi, 27 – Mark Grace, 27 – Dwight Smith, 28 – Shawon Dunston, 31 – Ryne Sandberg
Pitchers: 23 – Chuck McElroy, 24 – Shawn Boskie, 24 – Mike Harkey,
25 – Heathcliff Slocumb, 25 – Greg Maddux
The Cubs finished the year with four straight wins, including a three-game sweep against the Cardinals. The video begins with Maddux wrapping up his 15th win of the season, a complete game, 7-3 victory against St. Louis on the season’s final day.
As Caray wraps up the postgame show he reads “Total: 7-10 & 2 for the Cubs…3-6 & 0 for the Mets.”
It’s impossible not to love this man.