This might seem like a weird idea for a thread, but I hope someone will humor me. I have several random baseball memories that have stuck with me for no real reason, but I have a hard time finding confirmation of them anywhere on the internet. I thought it'd be interesting to post some of these memories here and see if anyone else remembers the same things, and others can post odd memories of theirs as well. Even if no one else shares these memories, it might be fun to see what some people remember (or at least think they do). If no one likes this idea, well...this thread will probably die a quick death.
Here are a couple that are on my mind:
I remember watching a Cubs-Giants game back in 1996 when Bill Mueller first got called up. Retrosheet confirms that his first two games were against the Cubs in April of 1996. The thing that stuck out the most about Mueller though, was that he was so new his jersey didn't even have a name on the back! It was the first time I'd ever seen that happen: a player with no name on his back when his team's uniforms normally had them. My theory for why he wouldn't have a name is that the Giants' uniforms at the time had vertically-arched lettering, so perhaps the nameplates took longer to make. A Google News archive search tells me that he was called up in mid-April because of an injury to Kim Batiste, so it might've been a bit of a rush job to get him on the team.
Another one that I'm less certain about concerns John Wetteland. If you recall, after the 1996 season Wetteland signed a big free agent deal with the Rangers. For some reason I remember a lot of backlash against Wetteland for leaving the Yankees right after they'd won the World Series. I could understand Yankee fans being unhappy about it, but it seemed to be a view shared by many other baseball fans. It's kind of funny to imagine Yankee fans whining about a guy bolting their team for more money in this day and age, but that's how it's stored in my memory bank.
Is it possible that anyone else remembers either of these things?