Remember Pat Zachry and Butch Metzger? They were co-National League Rookies of the Year in 1976. Metzger’s career statistics: 18-9 with 23 saves. Not a season, his career. Zachry was little better, compiling a 69-67 career record. But I bet, even before his untimely death last week, you had heard of Mark, The Bird, Fidrych. He must have had a long, successful career, right? Everybody know ‘The Bird.’ Career numbers: 29-19 over five seasons.
So, why do we remember Fidrych? Because it wasn’t about Mark Fidrych, it was about the whole myth. Take a look:
Sometimes it’s not about consistent greatness, it’s about being unique and memorable. And when the media paint you as a character, go with it.