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Hurricane Sally: Floods and destruction on the Gulf Coast as weather system moves north
"Of Hurricane Sally forecast to bring heavy rains to Virginia and North Carolina after leaving destruction behind on the Gulf Coast. NBC's Sam Brock is from hard hit. Pensacola, Florida Hurricane Sally may have left, but its footprint behind is absolutely massive, damaged boats docks that will ripped up on the pylons and communities littered with shredded trees. That's just the beginning. The storm came ashore on the Gulf Coast Wednesday as a cat to it hit Alabama in the Florida Panhandle with 100 Mile an hour winds 2.5 ft of rain and devastating flooding. As of Thursday evening, more than 500,000 people were still without power. At least two people died in Alabama and Georgia.
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"You doing today guns? Oh, what's going on, guys? Good to have yon five time all star World Series champion silver slugger award. And I love the last one Diamondbacks. Number twenty retired pretty cool for you gone. So tell us your thoughts on the overall picture of your career. I like to think consistency of, you know, just being able to answer the Bill, you know, plan eighteen years, majors and starting every opening day for eighteen seasons and just being there for my teammates. I think I've prided my cellphone just being out on the field and being consistent as I could up there. Let's go back to when you first started in Jefferson highschool. Tampa, florida. I was reading about Jefferson high school. Holy moly. Tony larussa. Fred, McGriff, Tino, Martinez bore. You add some stars down. There ended any of those guys playing the same years. You were there. Actually keen on. I were teammates, so in high school. Yes. So it was pretty good. We lost. We ended up losing. I think we were ranked twelfth in the country, and we lost the number one team that you're in the nation, which was Miami highly lakes, but more than that, you know, we took pride, and where we came from which was Tampa, Florida where the likes of Sheffield and Gooden and Wade Boggs, and Steve Garvey, and there was a ton a ton of guys out of our within a fifty mile radius that were in the big leagues at one particular time. And that was our big, our big thing that we took a lot of pride in being guys from Tampa and we're going to play in the big leagues for a long time. Sure. And I tell you what, after that you went to university of south Alabama. And I was reading some of the players that played there twenty four players went to the big leagues. Lance Johnson David freeze Adam Lind, one peer, just so many, and yet, always say, where's university of south Alabama, no Tiny's over here. Wondering, where's that? Well, it's. Mobile alabama. And there's two big names that came out of their Hank Aaron and Willie McCovey. Did you happen to understand what was going on, when you went to university of south Alabama about Aaron and McCovey? Don't forget, don't forget Ozzie Smith is from mobile. Oh, I can't forget about the crazy Ozzy man. No chance apologize. Mr. Ozzie. Yeah, that, that that area is very rich also in baseball players that came out of there. And you know, it was a school that was Eddie, stinky, Eddie, stinky, was basically the prior to that school at south Alabama. He was a head coach here for a while aside, from being the White Sox and playing in the major leagues. But for us, it was a school that was a very disciplined school and took a lot of pride or head coach and Steve, who was there after Eddie, stinky, and Turner ward? Who's now hitting coach was one of my teammates there, you know, there was just a lot of great young players that were coming through the system at the time and ended up making our no. Everybody always pumped up Alabama and Auburn, but you know we always felt like we had some good teams there at south and we're one game from the World Series of the year that Florida state ended up beating us with the likes of Dion Sanders. Paul, Sorrento, bien Figueroa Luiz Alycia. They had a pretty good team there. The. The year that they beat us to go to the World Series. New what's up? Why? All time loan. I know a little bit of some about mobile there. I went through mobile played independently there. What's happening, but it's happening. He was yeah. Yeah. He's the manager there in mobile at the time, and he was supposed to be a big south Alabama starred in just off the coast of Pensacola. Florida's hurricane coming today. Well, Lou you're drafted by the Houston Astros. I do believe ranked team ninety and you played there through ninety five we always asked this can, and everybody loves the question you remember when you get drafted. What did you feel like who is around you and have phone call came? What was it like for you? I know what you guys probably know to back in the day, I was actually drafted in eighty eight and ninety I got the big leagues, but it was, you know, sitting in your dorm room we were on the quarter system. So I was still basically at school during the draft. And you know, somebody picked up the phone and today, there's a call here from a team and they're looking for you and I picked and I grabbed it and you know, got the, the letter few days later saying congratulations, you've been draft selected a fourth round by the Houston Astros. And, you know, just the whole process was a lot of fun just to be able to go through, you know, the whole minor league system type thing, although for me going out of college, it didn't take quite as long do the minor league system. But it's still the adventure that, you know, the bumps in the road and the struggles that you got to go through in the bus rides and different things like that to get to the majors. But other than that, it was, it was a lot of fun, made a lot of good friends and just. Experiences someday. You'll never forget. Louis, I'm so glad I had a chance to slide the Houston because we was able to play together and we had a great team. We've been having a great season. But it was all cut short. Why's that tiny dog home baseball shot? That's right. Ugly baseball strike. We have we have, we had a real good team of part of that outfield with Louis and Steve Finley and the James Mouton and Kevin bass with over there and. It was a lot of fun, especially like for young player like to be able to play with with tiny and k b and those guys, you, you try to you try to learn from them, and you take those experiences that you have from now from, you know, those guys played for a long time. And if you look back at some of those teams that came through Houston, it's unfortunate that all of us couldn't stay together for a long time. But it was a great core of guys that were able to play in the major leagues for a while. We had a great big young young and old on that team. And, and we jail real well in a lot of flab with that team. I've missed Houston. And seven years. You were with Houston. Then you went to the cubs for a couple of years, but it all came about after the Detroit season when he came over to zone in nineteen ninety nine and everything kind of started coming together. You're an all star team two hundred six hits of that year and closest seven hundred ABC's and forty five doubles twenty six home runs. What happened when you left the cubs and then you went to Detroit for one year? What kind of clicked when you put that diamondback uniform on because that was when you started taking off? Yes, it started in Detroit during the middle of the season. My teammates easily Damion Easley Tony Clark. Some of those guys are getting on me about, you know, the short porch and tiger stadium and I was kind of a dive hitter hit a lot of doubles to left center field. Right center, and they were like if you can elevate those balls and start hooking balls, you'll be able to get those instead of, you know, doubles or long fly ball out those balls. Oh end up in the seats playing around my stance in batting practice, and I said, well how about this? I opened up my stance a little bit and started pulling balls. And the next thing you know, I'm hitting them, you know in the roof it at turn back. And I said, hey, I like this in that in that off season ended up. I think what twenty plus homers in Detroit, and then that offseason they decided to go out and try to get Gregg Jefferies in trade. Was he guy at the time playing a little bit everything, and I was strictly outfielder and they, they moved me over to, to the Arizona Diamondbacks. And when I got there, I told Buck Showalter, who was. Manager Jim Preston coach that I was working on this batting stance that if they can, you know, stay with me a little bit. And I can fight through it and spring training. I'm still learning the process. I used it all in, in the off season and took it into the season. And you know in spring training, I was grounded out area about it seem like four to three second. I and I know buck was starting to get a little frustrated with but when the bell rang I took off and I got off on a thirty game streak and the rest of history for me after that, I just kept gaining confidence. And, and the power number's kept increasing for me. They sure did. And I got it right here, ninety eight you had twenty three with Detroit, and ninety nine came over to Arizona twenty six two thousand thirty one and of course, the World Series champion season, you had fifty seven that year. And just an astonishing say, three twenty five batting average thirty six doubles, I always like looking at the doubles here and he had over forty years back. Because most of the time they're gap IRS as a pitcher. You know, you always look at hitter sure they can hit the ball out of the park, but they can hit those gaps those gaps mean a lot more sometimes with runners on base. What about that? Forty two RBI Ziadeh. Go ahead. And I think for us tiny could tell you, you know, we're, we're, you know, guys pride ourselves in, you know, offense at things you're a pitcher Bill. So you wouldn't know this, but we I pride myself and putting the ball in play I only struck out one hundred times my rookie season other than that I was trying to keep it under a hundred and, and you know, get six or seven hundred but you don't see that anymore. Guys, punching out one hundred times two three months into the season. Now. Yeah, so you know that's the difference. I think in you know, the old school guys and nowadays. And hopefully I'm hoping that it turns back around and teams are looking for those guys that put the ball in play. Put some action out there. I know guys throwing harder and elevating fastballs and things like that, and guys are taking more, you know, I think it's more acceptable now to go one for four with a two run Homer that guy's going three for four with, you know, a double in two singles, you know, the you know, I hope it changes again, I know guys are bigger and stronger now. But the simple fact that there's no contact, you know, the punch numbers are just going crazy through the roof in the last three or four years. And when we know as hitters Louis we always a hidden contagious and guys get guy friend, you get a hit it always made. You wanna go up there and get ahead? And before you let your you string. Out six seven hits in a row. And then if you know you put in a snowman up on a scoreboard effect, and usually that home run will come at the end. You you've been that score four or five runs. And then somebody would come up and put the finishing touches of what would that three ranch sat? And all of a sudden you have seven eight brands in in and yeah, there's no more. You know, like, guys trying to give themselves up shooting the ball on the right side with a man on second. Nobody out and things like that. And you know, everybody seems to be a power hitter now come into play if it's number seven eight or nine hitter all the way up to the top. You're leadoff guys are going bridge now. So I mean these guys are going up there. They're, they're trying to lift and separate. There's no more to strike approaches used to sink gun is, when you know, they the first two, you know, they can take good swings. And then you know once they got two strikes. They would spread out or get on top of the play. Try to put the ball in play and make something happen. You don't see that anymore. You see the guy with an old count, take the same swing. As a guy with a oh to count. So I think to me that's the biggest difference in the game. And like I said, guys are throwing harder. So I don't see why you guys continue to go up there and swing as hard as they can instead of just kind of shortening it up..