2014 Archives Relics #68TR-MM Mike Minor
I can't imagine there's not a single reader out there who hasn't seen at least one episode of the Brady Bunch. While it originally ran for only five seasons, it has forever since been on the tube thanks to syndication. If you have never watched it, or just do not get the connection, then google Brady Bunch and look for photos. You will see what I'm talking about.
The Importance of Education
The late Dodger great Don Drysdale made a cameo appearance in an episode of the Brady Bunch (The Dropout) as a client of Mike Brady- whose oldest son Greg is a baseball fan and happens to be a ballplayer himself. After watching Greg pitch, Big D encourages the young man by saying that he might eventually become a major league pitcher. The talk had a negative affect on the eldest Brady child, who thinks that his education is no big deal and causes his father to have to bring Drysdale back for a second visit- this time to inform Greg of the less glamorous side of the game (moral of story: STAY IN SCHOOL, KIDS!)
Lost child Mikey must have listened to Big D after watching The Dropout. Minor attended Vanderbilt University before being the Braves 1st Round draft pick (7th overall) in the 2009 draft. The pick was criticized by many at the time, but has turned out well for the Braves; In 93 career games, Mike has gone 34-28 with a 3.84 ERA, 3.14 SO/W, is averaging 7.9 strikouts per 9 and continues to improve each year.