Tuesday, January 06, 2004

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RIP Tug McGraw. Once asked whether he preferred playing on grass or an artificial surface, he said, "I don't know. I never smoked any AstroTurf." I remember seeing him on David Letterman once several years ago, on which he appeared with Dr. Ruth Westheimer, who was taking phone calls from viewers that evening. One caller had asked Dr. Ruth whether it was OK to put onion rings on her lover's penis and eat them off, which caused a huge uproar of laughter and many hilarious quips from Dave. After the segment died down and the commercial break was over (and you could tell Dave, Paul, and the audience were still cracking up), McGraw was introduced, and he came out eating a basket of onion rings, which I'm sure he had gone down and picked up at the NBC commissary after hearing the caller. The crowd went berserk with laughter, and Tug was beaming from ear to ear.

Oh yeah, he was a pretty darn good pitcher back in the day, and I've never been a Mets or Phillies fan.