The Mayor Leaves Town

>> Wednesday, December 7, 2005

I'm heartbroken. Today, my favorite baseball player of all time was traded away from my favorite team. Sean Casey, the Cincinnati Reds' All-Star first baseman, has been dealt to the Pittsburgh Pirates for left-handed pitcher Dave Williams. Casey was so friendly and chatty with fans, teammates and opponents - especially when opposing players stood with him at first - that he earned the nickname "The Mayor."

A career .305 hitter, Casey had perhaps his best year as a Red in 1999, the year Wendi and I moved to Cincinnati. That season, The Mayor hit 25 home runs, knocked in 99 RBIs, and batted .332 to lead the Reds into a one-game playoff with the Mets for the Wild Card. New York won that game, but it was a thrilling finish to a fantastic year in which we got to see Casey and Co. play many times at the old Riverfront stadium.

While I can't say that I'll become a Buccs fan now, I'll always be a Sean Casey fan. And though he's actually going to a worse team (if that's possible) he'll at least be heading home - Casey grew up in Pittsburgh, watching Pirates games with his dad.

So long, mighty Casey - it was fun while it lasted.


Ron Gratz December 7, 2005 at 3:36 PM  

I will have to buy a black Pirates cap now. Oh well, I will have a complete NL set.

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