If you're a subscriber to the print edition of The Sun, and I hope you are because it gives you the full SchmuckStop experience, the new Sun Magazine should be on your porch right now with the big spread on Brady Anderson.
It looks great and has some terrific photos that don't accompany the Web edition, plus a great story on Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who is making her new series ("Veep") here in Maryland.
Of course, one of the people I reached out to when I was working on the Brady story was Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, who refered to Brady during his Hall of Fame induction speech in Cooperstown as "simply my best friend," which is pretty high praise from a guy who is considered a friend by just about everybody in these parts.
Cal compliments Brady in the story for the results he has gotten working with younger hitters and also related his impression of Anderson when they first played together back in the late 1980s:
"He got traded to us and Mike Boddicker’s locker was next to mine, I suppose, and he came into the locker that Mike Boddicker vacated,'' Cal said. "Just talking to him, you could tell that Brady was a smart guy. Intellectually, that appealed to me, just to examine things and talk about things, and, then, his athletic side. He’s probably the best physical athlete that I’ve been around. He’s got a curiosity for training, he’s got a curiosity for baseball. I questioned him a lot about training because I didn’t have the benefit of having that sort of background, and he pestered me about baseball questions because I did have the benefit of being around baseball.'
Soon after, the two became inseparable. From the outside, it appeared that Cal was the quiet, introspective one and Brady was the carefree, outgoing guy who helped him loosen up and handle all the attention he was getting during the chase to break Lou Gehrig's consecutive games record. According to Anderson, however, appearances can be very deceiving. He says that, in a lot of cases, it was the other way around.
“The truth is, I’m probably more serious than people would perceive and he’s way more light-hearted and prone to fun than people would believe,'' Anderson said. "That’s perception versus reality. His public persona is certainly more structured than mine.”
“It (their relationship) was unusual because we became really good friends when I was still a platoon player and he was a superstar. He is who he is. I don’t like the word icon because it’s used so much, but he is.”