Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Davey Lopes and Larry Bowa

First of all, I wish nothing but the best to Phils coach Davey Lopes, who earlier this week was diagnosed with prostate cancer.

I always thought it was strange that a guy like Lopes, such a staunch competitor of the Phillies during the Dodger hey-days of the late 70s, early 80s, would go on to be a coach of distinction with the Phillies.

But when I saw the picture of Larry Bowa today in a Dodger uniform, the reverse symmetry of the whole thing with Bowa and Dodgers and Lopes and Phillies was just too weird. It also gave me the uncontrollable urge to use my meager mspaint skills (see results below).

In the late 70s, early 80s, both men were fiery competitors on their respective clubs and shared many characteristics. Lopes was a fiery lead off man for the Dodgers, hitting 28 homers one year and leading the NL in steals twice. Bowa, equally fiery for the Phillies, was more of a singles hitter, but he also showed speed on the basepaths (9 seasons with 20 or more SBs) and was as slick of a fielder at shortstop as there was during his era (2 gold he won at SS the same year as Lopes won one at 2B....1978).

(Bowa photo courtesy of AP Photo/Nati Harnik)


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