Two years ago I would have said 10 or 12, but now I put the over-and-under at 24. He already has nine [including three U.S. Amateurs], he’s only 25, and he’s proved there’s nobody even remotely in his class.
I never thought I’d ever see a greater shotmaker than Hogan or a greater winner than Nicklaus, but I have. It’s Tiger. Not that I still wouldn’t want Ben to get the drive in the fairway for me for my life. But Tiger makes all those other slugs out there today look like they don’t even know how to play. We’re talking about a truly remarkable athlete here. Something the game has never seen. Only two things can stop Tiger–injury or a bad marriage.
My KC brush with greatness. My daughter went to Prom with Brett’s son Jackson. We met at the Bretts and George answered the door, invited me in and offered me a beer. Some people say he’s an asshole, but he was extremely nice and personable when I met him.
I agree. I find it difficult to pick a GOAT in baseball because of the varying skills involved and the vastly differing eras of baseball.
Ruth, Cobb, Hornsby, DiMaggio (who set a record that might never be broken), Williams, Mays, Aaron and Rose all had true offensive prowess. Ruth could have been a memorable pitcher. Mays had outstanding fielding and base running capabilities. Cobb and Rose likely lead in competitiveness. Bonds, Ruth, Mays, Cobb and Aaron lead every hitter in WAR.
Pitching is equally difficult. Nolan Ryan could be completely over powering, but he gave up a lot of runs (#251 in ERA). Cy Young pitched 7,300+ innings and Walter Johnson 5,900, and the closest in modern day is Greg Maddux at 5,000. The top 12 in lifetime ERA are from the early era and Mariano Rivera is 13th. You won’t find many modern era high on the list of complete games. Cy Young, Walter Johnson and Roger Clemens lead in WAR.
It’s clear that I have spent too much time on baseball-reference.