yesterday marked the 35th anniversary of the major league debut of pedro guerrero. also debuting in the september 22, 1978 dodger game were rudy law, brad gulden, and dave stewart. unfortunately, i still haven't received my triple threads stewart redemption so this post will just be a petey post.
a couple of years ago, i sent two cards to hall of fame sports for guerrero to sign. the first was my custom 1978 topps burger king dodgers/update card that should have been
as a steve garvey fan, i was nervous about any dodger prospect whose position was listed as first base. guerrero, however, was quickly moved to the outfield for the following seasons so i didn't need to worry about the garv being replaced. not until 1983, anyway.
as for his debut that occurred 35 years ago yesterday, guerrero pinch-hit for rick sutcliffe in the 5th inning and singled against randy jones. he eventually came around to score on a reggie smith sacrifice fly, and his career was officially under way. and, for the record, law and gulden were both 0 for 1 that day, and dave stewart threw 2 innings, allowing a hit but no runs. he also struck out one while facing the minimum six batters (the single he allowed was erased by a double play). 35 years ago! i am old.