October 14, 2012
April 21, 1984 - The HEAT is ON
Neal Heaton just blew my mind.
After his dominant pitching performance in today's game, I cracked open my 85 Topps set to find his card - but he didn't have one. I've had sets in the past that have been missing a card or two, but a quick Google search yielded no proof of its existence. Why did Topps pass on Heaton? He led Cleveland in games started in 1984. Was it another contract dispute between a baseball card company and a player? A gross oversight? Another slight to the city of Cleveland? Why, Neal, Why???
Heaton went the distance in this game, scattering nine hits and two walks without surrendering a run. The Royals helped him out by hitting into five double plays. That's two straight 2-0 victories by the Indians over the Royals. Ouch KC, time to wake up your bats!
Winning Pitcher - Neal Heaton
Losing Pitcher - Larry Gura
Player of the Game - Heaton, CG SHO, 2K's
I need to get serious about buying the 1985 Donruss and Fleer sets for this blog. In the meantime, enjoy some cheesey, vintage 80's music in honor of Neal.