Saturday, December 06, 2008

Rodney McCray

Rodney McCray was probably my favourite Vancouver Canadians baseball player during the team's Triple A days. Here's why.

"After finally making the majors with the White Sox in 1990, McCray was sent back down to the AAA Vancouver Canadians of the Pacific Coast League the following year. On May 27, 1991, at Civic Stadium (now PGE Park) in Portland, Oregon, McCray chased after a fly ball hit by Portland's Chip Hale; unable to make the catch, he ran right through a plywood fence in right field. McCray was not seriously hurt, but became an instant celebrity as the play was shown repeatedly on newscasts across the country; a video clip of the play is now part of a blooper reel looped at the Baseball Hall of Fame...."

Rodney! Rodney! Rodney!

I remember seeing that clip on the CBC National news broadcast the day after it happened.