Thursday, July 23, 2009
Chris Hoiles, 1992 Topps Stadium Club #161
Then and there, in the commotion at home plate, Chris Hoiles made a terrible snap decision. He would have to reach over and gouge out the eyes of Luis Rivera. Nobody, and I mean nobody, insults the honor of Mama Hoiles. The fallout would be relatively minor. Rivera, he of the .624 career OPS, didn't really need those eyes anyway. The Red Sox could give the kid, Tim Naehring, an extended look in his place. Hoiles was suspended for five games by American League President Bobby Brown, but the MLBPA appealed on his behalf and the suspension was reduced to four games. Justice had been served, both on and off the field.