Guy Who Had One Major League At-Bat in 1990 Still Calls Ex-Girlfriend to Gloat
NEW YORK (Sportsman’s Daily Wire Service) On June 3, 1990 catcher Dave Liddell made his first and only appearance in the Major Leagues with the New York Mets. In his only at-bat, he singled then “retired” with a perfect 1.000 batting average.
There are others in baseball who’ve accomplished the same feat, but none have used the achievement to their advantage quite the way Liddell has.
Shunned by his girlfriend Molly Hoover in 1988, the career minor leaguer vowed he’d make the Majors someday, and she would rue the day she turned her back on a “future” Major Leaguer. Immediately after game, he called her to tell her what he had done, and that big bucks were on the way, which she of course would miss out on.
“She called me a loser who’d never amount to anything,” Liddell said. “But I amounted to something, even if it was only for a couple of hours. I just want to remind her of that, and I’ve been reminding her of that for nineteen years, every day, sometimes several times a day. 1.000 batting average baby, the best of all time. Ty Cobb can eat me!”
Some might call Liddell’s persistent phone calls the ultimate payback, others might call them deeply disturbing behavior in need of clinical observation and a restraining order.
But Dr. Bernard Von Scheissen from the Pan-Euro Sports Psychology Institute in Frankfurt, Germany says he’s seen similar behavior among sports figures in Europe.
“It’s not uncommon,” said Von Scheissen. “Athletes get slighted by women during their ascension and when they finally do make it, they feel like rubbing their faces in it. It’s not exactly healthy, but it can be fun to watch. It gets a little dry here at the institute, so it’s a nice diversion from your typical, run of the mill, sports slump therapy.”
Liddell has lately taken to calling old friends from high school to remind them of his 1.000 batting average as well.
“Yeah,” added Liddell. “Bruce Reed was like a total asshole in our senior year and said I’d never make it. So now I enjoy buzzing in his ear about it. I think he drives a forklift now. Of course I’m selling cars so – you now – whatever.”