Joe Maddon’s guest today at the ballpark is his childhood idol Joe Namath. Of course, Maddon wore white shoes and Joe Willie wore a Rays jersey with his standard #12 on the back…
via Roger Mooney (@RMooneyTrib)
Did he ask Maddon if he could kiss him…. my guess is no…but I bet he would have some wine with Maddon…
I never did understand the infatuation with this guy. He had a couple of good years, predicted the SB win (which most players do) and that was about it.
Well, to be fair, if you put his numbers into the context of that era, he had 5-6 very good years. And then consider that he was only healthy for maybe 7 years and was already washed up at 33. That’s pretty good.
And you also have to consider where the country was at the time. It was the mid-60s. And before that people were expected to behave and dress a certain way. And Namath was maybe the first big-time anti-establishment athlete. He wasn’t afraid to wear fur coats or be seen with more than one woman. And he even quit football momentarily because the NFL wanted him to sell his bar. He made his own rules, and still won. And for a lot of kids growing up at that time, that was the coolest thing they had ever seen. And that’s Joe Maddon’s generation.
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