Wednesday, July 1, 2009

The God That Was Kusick.

There are those that will say that this man was mortal. I say this man was the one true God made flesh. Like Jesus, he sported facial hair, and like Jesus, he lived fast and died relatively young (57). His name was Craig Kusick.

First and foremost, just look at his mustache. You know right off the bat that this man was something special. Then observe those sweet glasses. Actually, that's all you really need to know about Craig Kusick. It's best just to avoid his MLB career. Just know he was a good dad and had a 22 year high school coaching career for Rosemount High School in Rosemount, Minnesota, which almost quadrupled the amount of time he spent in Major League Baseball.

He tied a MLB record by getting hit by a pitch three times in an eleven inning game against the Brewers. He pulled a Nick Swisher and pitched relief in a 24-2 blowout loss to the Angels, surrendering 3 hits and 2 runs in 3-2/3 innings. He finished his MLB career with the following stats...total...

.235 batting average
46 HRs
171 RBI
291 hits
155 runs
11 stolen bases
497 games played
.491 ERA

Criag Kusick - September 30, 1948-September 27, 2006

OH! Almost forgot. His son Craig Kusick, Jr. led the Wisconsin-LaCrosse Eagles to the 1995 NCAA Division III football championship as a quarterback, winning the Melberger Award as the top D-III player, and later played in the prestigious AFL for four years, two with the now-defunct Milwaukee Mustangs and two with the somehow-still-going Grand Rapids Rampage.

Legacy.

2 comments:

  1. The only reason he didn't have more stolen bases was because of the wind drag caused by the 'stache.

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  2. There are a couple guys I saw a the Midwest League All-Star game rocking awesome 'staches. Cheyne Hann - check him out.

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