Cory Schwartz may have gotten smoked in a footrace by former Baltimore Orioles star Brady Anderson, but it wasn't a total loss.
As Schwartz, the vice president of the stats department at MLB Advanced Media, tells it, he came away with an amazing story.
In an e-mail to the Eutaw St. Report, Schwartz writes that he saw Anderson at a restaurant at the MLB winter meetings and remembered an anecdote from a 1992 Sports Illustrated story in which a fan challenged Anderson to a foot race. Anderson won by a mile.
Schwartz figured he'd challenge Anderson to a race. At worst, Anderson would politely decline but at least take a photo with Schwartz. As it turned out, Anderson accepted. Anderson, you may recall, stole 315 bases in his career and topped 30 stolen bases in three separate seasons.
From Schwartz's account of the race iin his email to the Eutaw Street Report, it was never a contest:
— Cory Schwartz (@schwartzstops) December 11, 2013
CBS baseball writer Jon Heyman confirmed Schwartz's story:
Fan challenged Brady Anderson to race outside hotel. Brady so far in front he finished backward. "I take on all comers."
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 11, 2013
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