After striking out the side in last night’s 6-4 win against the Dodgers, Reds closer Francisco Cordero moved into the top twenty all-time saves leaderboard. This prompted Dusty Baker to make a little tribute to Cordero:
"Dusty Baker sat at his desk after the game, scribbling Doug Jones’ name on the lineup card he removed from the dugout wall and signing it for closer Francisco Cordero—along with a couple of copies of the batting order slips that go to the umpires."
Which at first I thought was a little odd, celebrating being twentieth in something, but then I realized how rare that achievement is. Sure, Cordero may never be a Hall of Famer or discussed as a world class reliever, but he’s been healthy and effective enough to rack up 303 saves which is something worth celebrating.
And that’s without even discussing the man that he passed, Doug Jones. Or as he should be called, the most intimidating sumbitch who couldn’t hit 90 mph with his fastball.
Francisco, I hope you raised a celebratory glass to the man who came before you, Mr. Douglas Reid Jones, a man who could both grow a mustache and hold a flaming fastball.
(Image via SB Nation)