"I have often said that a baseball clubhouse is not for the thin-skinned. If you take yourself too seriously among teammates, you'll find yourself swimming upstream. A clubhouse will break you if you don't have a sense of humor about yourself, if you're sensitive or can't take a joke. There is a line, though, the one that some players will occasionally cross with others, when they go too far and it becomes that moment that you have to decide how much you will tolerate."~ C.J. Nitkowski, in an MLB.com article (11/14/2013), regarding ribbing in the clubhouse (context: Incognito/Martin and the culture of the clubhouse)
Warren Spahn is most well known for his play on the field, but the man was also known as quite the practical joker.
Spahn and close friend (and road roommate) Lou Burdette would often try to break the tension in the clubhouse with their jokes. Some found them simply annoying; others, such as Henry Aaron, viewed the lefty as the type who took pleasure in exploiting a sensitive area in others for a laugh. (Howard Bryant, 'The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron") "The two biggest pain in the asses were Spahn and Burdette when they weren't pitching," said Frank Torre. "They were always screwing around on the bench and a lot of guys used to get annoyed as hell." (John Klima, Bushville Wins!)
I just received this 2012 Topps Historical Stitches Warren Spahn card in the mail yesterday. Since its release, I've found the design compelling and have been waiting for one of the Braves to come up for sale at a cheap price. The eBay seller whom I got this from also had a Smoltz up for auction. Trying to take advantage of combined shipping, I put in a bid on the Smoltz, but unfortunately lost out.
If anyone has any of the other Braves for trade, let me know and perhaps we can work something out.
Braves Checklist: 2012 Topps Historical Stitches