Sunday, December 13, 2009

#4: Von Hayes

Affectionately referred to as "Vonzie" or simply "The Vonz" by his teammates, Hayes once told manager Lee Elia to "sit on it" during a routine mound visit in the sixth inning of a 1988 game against the New York Mets. Shortly after the game, an incensed Elia informed Hayes that he would be designated for a 3-day assignment with the AAA Maine Phillies as punishment for his insubordination, to which Hayes responded, "Aaaaay!" Fans point to either this incident or the time that Hayes jumped over a shark while waterskiing as the moment when his career began its downward trajectory, eventually resulting in his retirement in 1992.

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