5.13.2012

Dave Stieb, 1991 Donruss Diamond Kings


Name: Dave Stieb
Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Position: Ace
Value of card: The skin that flakes off his neck from his illustrated rash
Key 1990 stat: Three botched no-hitters
The sad, true, and, finally, joyous story of Dave Stieb: Have you ever gotten incredibly close to something you desperately wanted only to fall short time and time again? Well, stop lamenting your missed opportunities. You've never been "stiebed" (and, for the record, you've never been immortalized in one of the 20th century's greatest art forms, The Diamond King, either). In the Year of Our Lord 1988, Stieb had not one but two no-hitters broken up late in a game. Make that two no-hitters broken up in the bottom of the ninth inning. Make that two no-hitters broken up in the bottom of the ninth inning with two outs. Make that two no-hitters broken up in the bottom of the ninth inning with two outs and two strikes. Make that two no-hitters broken up in the bottom of the ninth inning with two outs and two strikes in consecutive starts. Yes, that happened. To Stieb's credit, he didn't jump off a building or commit to a life of smack abuse. He kept pitching, and, alas, had another no-hitter — make that a perfect game — broken up with two outs in the ninth inning the next year, in 1989. Still, no smack. No building jumping. Not even a job offer to be a casino "cooler." He just kept pitching, and, on Sept. 2, 1990, he pitched his first no-hitter. Finally, Stieb hadn't gotten "stiebed."
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  1. Great info on Mr. Stieb. He was one of my favorite pitchers in the 80's.

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