Wait til Next Year . . . is making a come back.

I am going to mix a bit of the philosophy of my life into this blog as I continue to highlight some of my baseball card collection. (hoping the card collectors of this world welcome me back)

Its been a tough 18 months for me . . . the Chicago Cubs have had it rough as well.

This site will be devoted to all those who need to define what "wait til next year" means.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

The Strongest Handshake Ever

I shook the hand of a professional baseball player yesterday (name to be withheld for his safety); let’s just say he is a left-handed pitcher in the Minnesota Twins organization and throws ninety plus mph. He had the strongest handshake I ever griped. He gave me his latest card but I promised not to show it until he “makes it” (and he knows my blog is about “vintage” players and the Cubs). I would not want him to squeeze my head as hard as he squeezed my hand.

During my teenage years, the seventies, I worked at a golf course and shook hands with many golfers, including some professionals (Lee Trevino comes to mind quickly). I remember Trevino having the thickest and widest hands ever. Even today, at some golf tournaments I have attended, and shook hands with some pro’s, I have noticed the same strong and thick yet not overpowering golfer handshake. I also remember shaking some professional basketball players’ hands – they have the biggest and longest fingers in the world.

I have also shaken hands with many baseball players, at card shows, prior to games, as a youth and now as an adult and I believe that baseball players, especially pitchers, who throw upwards of ninety plus mph have the strongest handshakes. What do you think ?


  1. I remember shaking Ditka's hand at the '03 playoffs. His hands are literally like a bears paw. I'm 6'5 230lbs and my hand just disappeared in his.

  2. speaking of Bear paws . . . I shook Mike Singeltary's hand at a Burger King in Lake Forest (several years back) and his was huge too