October 17, 2012

The Fred Manrique Story (short version)

Fred Manrique, 1990 Topps

Many people don't know this, but this is not Fred Manrique. This is Fred Armisen playing Fred Manrique in the Lifetime original movie, "The Fred Manrique Story: Well-Traveled and Playing Deep ... With Murder." It was sort of a dramedy. In the end though, he IS responsible for the murder. Oh, SPOILER.

According to Wikipedia:

The well-traveled Manrique was a solid second baseman with good range and a strong throwing arm that allowed him to play deep and steal hits.

I would like to mention that "hits" is embedded, in case -- while you are looking up baseball players on Wikipedia -- you realize you don't know what hits are and so you would like to click on it and see how Wikipedia defines hits. In fact, I'll wait while you do that ...

Hit (baseball)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In baseball statistics, a hit (denoted by H), also called a base hit, is credited to a batter when the batter safely reaches first base after hitting the ball into fair territory, without the benefit of an error or a fielder's choice.

Countless times, Manrique's teammates thought he was playing too deep. They would shout, "Get off the grass, Manrique!" but Manrique wouldn't think anything of it because he was high as a mo fo (he's from Venezuela). Then the opposing team would hit the ball and Manrique would catch it and throw it to first base with his rocket arm, getting the runner out to the surprise of all and stealing a potential hit (see above).

Fred Manrique's full name is Fred Eloy Manrique Reyes. In some circles he was known as Eloy Reyes, like when he checked into hotels. Ya' know, because of the murder. That is all.

1 comment:

Chunter said...

Um, not to detract from what was just said, but what is, exactly, the white contraption Manrique seems afraid to be seen with?