Thursday, December 23, 2010
From Leo's lip to your eyes
"Oh, come on!" Durocher yelled (Durocher usually yelled). "They were pop flies!"
"Now, Leo, be a nice guy," Barber replied. "Be a nice guy and admit they were real nice home runs."
"Nice guy!" Durocher sneered. "Who wants to be a nice guy? Look over there at the Giants bench. Where would you find a nicer guy than Mel Ott? And where is he? In eighth place."
Now this was during the days when there were only eight teams in each league and I'm guessing as the story was retold Durocher became known for saying "Nice guys finish last." The next thing you know, someone will tell me Ingrid Bergman never said "Play it again, Sam."