Quick tangent about my favorite Phenom of all-time:
Thirteen years ago, I visited my buddy Gus in Florida during my spring break from college, the very same month that Big Sam Horn (a charismatic, power-hitting first baseman) had started making spring training noise for the BoSox. We headed down to Orlando to catch a Twins-Sox game; after seven innings, Gus wanted to leave because we were meeting friends for dinner. I voiced my objections because Big Sam was coming up in the top of the ninth, but since Gus was driving, he was calling the shots.
"If Big Sam goes deep in the ninth, I will never forgive you," I warned him.
Well, not only did Big Sam go deep in the ninth, he creamed the longest home run in the history of Tinker Field -- a moon shot that actually landed inside a football stadium (the Citrus Bowl) located about 100 feet behind the right field wall. And I missed it. Thirteen years later, I still remind Gus about it. In fact, he could be lying on his deathbed and I'd probably bring it up one last time.
So what happened to Big Sam? I immediately jumped into the front seat of the Big Sam Bandwagon after that game ... and it took nearly three years to recover from my injuries after the bandwagon crashed into a Wendy's Drive-Thru in Pawtucket in 1992. Horn had one decent season, and that was it. The lesson, as always: Never trust a Phenom.