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#pounditThursday, February 2, 2023

Articles tagged: Jim Kaat

Awesome photo of MLB legends having lunch together goes viral

Ozzie Smith waving

Jul 30, 2017; Cooperstown, NY, USA; Hall of Fame player Ozzie Smith is introduced during the Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Clark Sports Center. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

Old-school baseball fans will enjoy the one-of-a-kind picture that is going viral this week.

An awesome photo made the rounds on social media of a lunch meet-up that several MLB legends recently had. Keith Hernandez, Johnny Bench, Brooks Robinson, Steve Garvey, Jim Kaat, and Ozzie Smith were among those in attendance. Actor Joe Piscopo was also present at the table. Take a look.

For those keeping score at home, that is four Hall of Famers at one table. Also represented are 65 combined All-Star selections, 70 combined Gold Glove awards, nine combined World Series titles, and five combined MVP awards (plus the guy who played Doug Bigelow in “Dead Heat”).

This year, we have already seen some phenomenal group pictures of iconic athletes go viral. But when it comes to baseball greats, it does not get much better than the picture that you see above.

Nestor Cortes Jr. issues statement about Jim Kaat ‘molester’ rhyme

Jim Kaat smiles

Nestor Cortes Jr. is hitting back at any cancellation attempts of Jim Kaat.

Kaat, who is both a Minnesota Twins Hall of Famer and Baseball Hall of Famer, broadcasts Twins games. While talking during Thursday’s Twins-Detroit Tigers telecast, Kaat was joking around and referred to Cortes as “Nestor the molester.”

Kaat was just kidding around and just rhyming. Morever, “molester” used to be a common nickname for people whose names rhymed with the word (Lester, Chester, etc.). Kaat even complimented the New York Yankees pitcher, saying Cortes is “fun to watch.”

Still, that didn’t stop the perpetually-offended media from playing a game of “gotcha!” with Kaat.

Multiple media outlets tried to stick the mob on Kaat by describing his words for Cortes as “offensive.”

Anyone who was listening knows there wasn’t the least bit of ill intent behind Kaat’s words, which means 99 percent of people were not offended. Cortes wasn’t either and even stuck up for his fellow southpaw pitcher.

Cortes posted a tweet saying Kaat had reached out to him to apologize, which Cortes said was unnecessary. Cortes said he recognized there was “no malice intended” by the remark and that he wanted to lift up Kaat.

“Hey everybody – Jim Kaat has spent an entire lifetime in this game we love. He reached out to me and apologized for his remark last night, but he didn’t need to,” Cortest wrote in his statement. “We all make mistakes and feel 100% there was no malice intended. I plan on lifting him up with this tweet and I hope others do too. No sweat here Jim!”

Cortes is in his second season with the Yankees and having a breakthrough. He is 5-1 with a 1.50 ERA this season and drawing some impressive comparisons. Cortes only needs 271 more wins to match Kaat’s career total (283).

Jim Kaat apologizes for 40 acre field Yoan Moncada comment

Jim Kaat holds a microphone

MLB Network analyst Jim Kaat apologized on Friday for a poorly phrased compliment towards a player.

Kaat was one of the commentators during MLB Network’s telecast of Game 2 of the ALDS between the Houston Astros and Chicago White Sox.

Moncada was up at the plate in the top of the first, and both Kaat and Buck Showalter were raving about him.

Showalter said the first time he saw Moncada, he said, “I said, ‘can we have one of those? That’s what [stars] look like … strong, play a lot of positions, switch hitter …”

Kaat agreed and seemed to say he wanted a team-full of Moncadas. However, his phrasing was poor.

“Give me a 40-acre field full of ’em,” Kaat said.

Here is the audio:

In the top of the fifth inning, Kaat apologized for saying 40 acres.

“Earlier in the game when Yoan Moncada was at the plate, in an attempt to compliment the great player that he is, I used a poor choice of words that resulted in an insensitive and hurtful remark, and I’m sorry for that,” Kaat said.

The term “40 acres” is associated with “40 acres and a mule,” which is part of Special Field Orders No. 15, a wartime order during the Civil War. Many freed slaves believed the new rules entitled them to own land no greater than 40 acres, and to have a mule.

Kaat mentioning a 40-acre field full of Moncadas led some to think he was making a slavery reference.

Kaat, 82, pitched 25 seasons in MLB and made three All-Star teams. He has called games for MLB Network since 2018.