There might never be another player quite as exciting as Bo Jackson.
Yasiel Puig gets the comparisons sometimes -- and he's great, but until he straps on some shoulder pads and dominates professional football as well, Bo still has the upper hand.
He's a Kansas City baseball legend, if only for the fact that THE Kansas City Baseball Legend, Buck O'Neil, singled him out in an interview for Ken Burns' Baseball documentary.
I heard Ruth hit the ball. I'd never heard that sound before, and I was outside the fence but it was the sound of the bat that I had never heard before in my life. And the next time I heard that sound, I'm in Washington, D.C., in the dressing room and I heard that sound of a bat hitting the ball — sounded just like when Ruth hit the ball. I rushed out, got on nothing but a jockstrap, I rushed out — we were playing the Homestead Grays and it was Josh Gibson hitting the ball. And so I heard this sound again.
Now I didn't hear it anymore. I'm in Kansas City. I'm working for the Cubs at the time, and I was upstairs and I was coming down for the batting practice. And before I could get out there I heard this sound one more time that I had heard only twice in my life. Now, you know who this is? Bo Jackson. Bo Jackson swinging that bat. And now I heard this sound... And it was just a thrill for me. I said, here it is again. I heard it again. I only heard it three times in my life.
But now, I'm living because I'm going to hear it again one day, if I live long enough.
How can you not want to buy these $130 shoes with a little Nintendo-ish Bo on the tongue after reading that? You are a monster and a communist.
Looks kind of like the greatest videofootball character of all time (Tecmo Bowl Bo Jackson), but it's a baseball version, which makes it about 1,000 times cooler. Thank you Nike.
David Hudnall of The Pitch broke down the sneakers for the publication's blog. A commenter there said the "news" was "so last week" in an I'm-joking-I-don't-really-talk-that-way-but-seriously-I'm-on-top-of-things sort of way.
If that's true then this must really old news! Enjoy!