The Reds gave Jonny Gomes a home this past week, at least for most of February and March, which made us here at Big League Stew breathe easier.
Readers of the Stew know Gomes is one of the blog's more prominent personalities and, while we don't play favorites, anybody who provides so much material, regardless of actual playing time, is a friend of ours.
One of the first reporters to touch base with Gomes was BLS friend C. Trent Rosecrans and Jonny revealed how much respect he had for Pete Rose and his old team. He promises to hustle on the riverfront (but not in Riverfront) just like Pete did.
That, of course, got us thinking. How else are Gomes and Rose alike? Or not. It's best to break out the tape and see what it says. This is BLS' latest feature, Tale of the Tape:
|Peter Edward Rose Sr.|| |
|Jonny Johnson Gomes|
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|Charlie Hustle, Hit King|| |
|Nothing has stuck|
|April 14, 1941 (on Opening Day!)|| |
|Nov. 22, 1980|
Titanic sinks (1912); President Abraham Lincoln assassinated (1865)
|ALSO THAT DAY IN HISTORY||President John F. Kennedy assassinated (1963) |
|Reds, Phillies and Expos|| |
|’63 NL ROY; ’73 NL MVP; '75 World Series MVP; 17 All-Star Game bids at five different positions|| |
|Placed third in voting for ’05 AL ROY; ’08 MVPNOPR (most valuable player not on playoff roster)|
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|Moe Howard|| ||Mr. T|
|"Somebody's gotta win and somebody's gotta lose and I believe in letting the other guy lose."|| |
|"To wear the same uniform as the Hit King, Charlie Hustle, Peter Edward Rose, that alone excites me."|
|John Dowd and Jim Gray||ARCH ENEMIES ||Shelley Duncan and Coco Crisp|
|44 games|| |
LONGEST HITTING STREAK
|Does not participate |
|Ronald Reagan called to congratulate him on surpassing Ty Cobb's career hits record in '85|| |
|Shook hands with future Commander-in-Chief, Barack Obama, at a rally in Tampa in October |
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|Barreled over Ray Fosse to score the winning run for the NL at the All-Star Game in '70|| ||Drank Bud Light from Dioner Navarro's cup after clinching the AL East in Detroit|
Choked and pile-driven by Kane at Wrestlemania XIV in Boston in '98
PRO WRESTLING EXPERIENCE
|Aided the Nasty Boys' twice at matches inside the Trop in '07 & '08|
BET ON BASEBALL?
|Not that we know of.|
|No, but did five months hard time at the penitentiary in Marion (Ill.) for federal income tax evasion|| |
EVER BEEN IN A TURKISH PRISON?
|No, but mom kept tabs on him with a police scanner when Gomes was a teenager|