Wednesday, May 20, 2009
1989 Topps Major League Debut #97: Jeff Peterek
PHOTO: Another overexposed, washed-out shot, but I like it anyway since that's probably Jim Gantner in the background. However, if it was this game, it might be Bill Bates. Or if it's this game, it might be Gul Polidor or even Paul Molitor.
STAT: A bit personal here. I happened to watch Peterek's major league debut on TV. I remember Bobby Mercer (broadcasting for the Yankees at that time) talking quite a bit about the correct pronunciation of Peterek's name, which if I recall correctly is "Pee-trek." In that game, Dave Righetti blew the save, costing Andy Hawkins a win.
ANAGRAM: Jeff Peterek, Brewers = Prefers jerk webfeet
Just 7 career games for Peterek, although he didn't pitch horribly. He finished with a 4.02 ERA, pretty close to average for 1989, but he walked 14 guys in 31 innings.