Sports Illustrated is featuring a slideshow of baseball’s “Top 10 Dirt Dogs.” Of course, I was a little miffed that none of my hard-slidin’, pine-tar-smearin’, rosin-bag-throwin’ Sox made it in. I mean, Mike Lowell got hit in the head, dove into the stands for a ball, stole a base, and hit a grand slam. And that was just one weekend! Not to mention, he hasn’t made an error (knock knock) since May 24. Not dirty enough for SI? Grumble. (Yes, I know that Boston is not really the center of the universe…it just feels that way when the Sox are in a pennant race.)
So who are the 10 dirtiest of dirt dogs in baseball, at least according to SI.com? If you’re too lazy to go see the slide show for yourself, the Dirty Not-Quite Dozen are Chase Utley, Craig Biggio, Chone Figgins, Ryan Freel, Tadahito Iguchi, Jorge Posada, Brian Roberts, Grady Sizemore, Dontrelle Willis, and Eric Byrnes. SI mentions key dirt-dog credentials as including fearlessness, versatility, hustle, and hardiness. Anyone want to argue? Any UmpBumpers out there think one of their own got overlooked?