What up home dogs! It is I, Rob, returning to the blog to honor a very special person – my brother Dave! As teenagers, Dave and I realized we had a great affinity for people with awesome names. Dave, of course, took that affinity and turned it into this wonderful blog.
If you’ve been following this awesome campaign to honor the man whose nicknames (mostly used only by me) have included Davey Baby, David McGuinty, and King Ding Ding, you know that he’s been going through a heck of a lot recently. Dave was diagnosed with a brain tumor last year, and it’s taken a real toll on the poor guy. But he’s a champ, a fighter, a badass, and a boss, and he is already back in med school, inspiring everybody who crosses his path!
However, getting a brain tumor ain’t cheap, and he could use some help with his medical bills and associated expenses. Please donate here if you can. Also, if you want to learn more about Dave’s story, NBC News covered Dave’s fight in a recent story.
Now, let’s set our seriousness aside, and have some funny names fun! If you’ve followed my posts, you know I like to write about baseball. This post will be no different. So, to honor my man, the king, the Davester, here is a list of a couple of the best named Daves in baseball history:
-Dave Brain (1879-1959) – while I spend a lot of time thinking and worrying about Dave’s brain, let’s turn our attention to 1907 National League home run champion, Dave Brain. Born in England – not a country known for its ballplayers – Brain put up respectable numbers over a seven-year career, and managed to accomplish several impressive feats. In addition to winning the home run title, Brain also put up two three-triple games in the 1903 season. Remarkable!
-Dave Dravecky (1956-present) – Dravecky’s story is a wild one. A good pitcher, Dave made the 1983 All Star team, and helped the Padres to the National League pennant a year later. Dravecky, however, is far better known for other reasons. One is for his right-wing political views and Christian beliefs. While with the Giants, Dravecky and several teammates became known as the “God Squad” – a group who eschewed the hard-partying lifestyle of many teammates, instead preferring to hold bible studies in their hotel rooms while on long road trips.
Dravecky is also known for the unfortunate circumstances that ended his career. A cancerous desmoid tumor was found in his pitching arm. (you can ask Dr. Dave what the heck a desmoid tumor is) He underwent surgery and attempted a comeback, which ended when his humerus bone snapped while he was throwing a pitch. Shortly after, a doctor discovered a malignant mass in the arm – Dravecky’s career was over. Not one to give up (sounds like my brother!), Dravecky then began a motivational speaking and writing career. You go, Dravecky!
And you go, Dr. Dave. Thanks for being an awesome brother. I hope you enjoyed this warm yet goofy tribute! Keep on rockin in the free world!