Last Call: Greatest Dodgers of all time, and, Duck, Duck Goose
They have an interesting way of celebrating touchdowns in the Canadian Football League. Does Edmonton celebrate with Red Rover, Red Rover? What about Heads Up, 7 Up?
Every Friday, we'll take a look at the 12 greatest L.A. Dodgers of all time. Send in your list of the greatest of all time (ranked in order) to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we'll compile them and present the fans' choice for greatest L.A. Dodgers of all time in a future last call. And now, the 12th greatest L.A. Dodger of all time is (imagine a drumroll here):
No. 12: Reggie Smith (1976-81). 542 games, .297 avg., .391 OB%, .528 SLG%
Steve Garvey got all the notice, but most of his teammates on the 1977 and '78 NL champion Dodgers would tell you that Smith was the MVP of those teams. Smith finished fourth in NL MVP voting both seasons and made three All-Star teams with the Dodgers. His clutch hitting and leadership was an integral part of the late-1970s Dodgers. He was such a team-oriented guy that he challenged Pirates pitcher Pascual Perez to meet him behind the stands after Perez hit two batters in a game. It may have been the first time in baseball history where there was a benches-clearing brawl, but no one ran onto the field.
Fred Dryer isn't too happy with his former team. He shares the opinion of most people in L.A. Good riddance.
-- Houston Mitchell