Dedicated to Quantum Leap and Al Leap…Happy Birthday Terence Long and Ja Rule
How could I pass up a day to make a cheesy play-on-words with Leap Year? It’s easier than the Seinfeld episode when Jerry meets a detective named Bookman in his overdue library book-case. For some reason, the first thing that popped in my head this morning was Quantum Leap, not sure why.
I probably saw a few episodes of the show, but never got hooked like I did with Lost or Dexter. After doing some research, I found this episode titled “Play Ball – August 6, 1991.” Here’s the official description of the episode from IMDB (one of my favorite websites): “Sam is a minor league baseball pitcher who has plenty of female admirers and a porcine team mascot to watch out for.”
Ironically, Scott Bakula, who played Dr. Sam Beckett appeared in one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen – Major League, Return to the Minors. And to get even more ridiculous with all these name-games, did you notice the last name of Beckett? Yes, Josh Beckett is a former Sea Dog. I just couldn’t resist.
Now on to Al Leap. He’s the only professional baseball player on Baseball Reference with the last name of Leap. Here’s a link to his page http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=leap–001car. Leap played nine minor league seasons, including a stop with the 1950 Elmira Pioneers of the Eastern League. The Pioneers were 58-81, the second worst record in the E.L. Only the Scranton Miners’ fans were complaining more, they had a 54-85 record. Guess their affiliate? The Boston Red Sox.
Notable Leap Day Birthdays: Ja Rule (Leap Day Age: 9; Real Age: 36), Tony Robbins (Leap Day Age: 13; Real Age: 52) and Dennis Farina (Leap Day Age: 17; Real Age: 68)
Major Leaguers with Leap Day Birthdays: Terence Long, Bill Long, Jerry Fry, Al Autry, Steve Mingori, Al Rosen, Pepper Martin,Ralph Miller, Roy Parker, Ed Appleton and Dickey Pearce.
|Wed. March 14||vs. New Britain Rock Cats||Twins||Ft. Myers|
|Thur. March 15||@ Bowie Baysox||Orioles||Sarasota|
|Fri. March 16||vs. Bowie Baysox||Orioles||Ft. Myers|
|Sat. March 17||@ New Britain Rock Cats||Twins||Lee County|
|Sun. March 18||CAMP DAY|
|Mon. March 19||vs. Montgomery Biscuits||Rays||Ft. Myers|
|Tues. March 20||@ Montgomery Biscuits||Rays||Port Charlotte|
|Wed. March 21||vs. New Britain Rock Cats||Twins||Ft. Myers|
|Thur. March 22||@ Bowie Baysox||Orioles||Sarasota|
|Fri. March 23||vs. Bowie Baysox||Orioles||Ft. Myers|
|Sat. March 24||@ New Britain Rock Cats||Twins||Lee County|
|Sun. March 25||CAMP DAY|
|Mon. March 26||vs. New Britain Rock Cats||Twins||Ft. Myers|
|Tues. March 27||@ Montgomery Biscuits||Rays||Port Charlotte|
|Wed. March 28||vs. Montgomery Biscuits||Rays||Ft. Myers|
|Thur. March 29||@ New Britain Rock Cats||Twins||Lee County|
|Fri. March 30||@ Bowie Baysox||Orioles||Sarasota|
|Sat. March 31||vs. New Britain Rock Cats||Twins||Ft. Myers|
– All games scheduled for 1:00 pm –