The most bizarre thing about the row between the Obama Administration and Bob Woodward was the tweet sent by former Obama senior adviser David Plouffe yesterday in which he likened Woodward to Philadelphia Phillies legendary slugger Mike Schmidt:
Watching Woodward last 2 days is like imagining my idol Mike Schmidt facing live pitching again. Perfection gained once is rarely repeated.
Well, I think Mike Schmidt would be the first to tell you he was rarely perfect. Plouffe is from Wilmington, Delaware so he probably rooted for the Phillies. But if Plouffe knows anythig about Phillies he would know about the boo birds who often reminded Schmidt of his shortcomings. In 18 big league seasons, Schmidt had a lifetime batting average of .267 and led the NL in strikeouts four times. But Schmidt led the National League in homeruns eight times en route to 548 dingers. He also walked 100 or more times in a season on seven occasions for a lifetime OBP of .380. Throw in 10 Gold Gloves, three NL MVPs and a World Series ring you have a first ballot Hall of Famer.
As of right now Schmidt is 63. From what I've seen, Schmitty is a fairly active 63-year old. He's been at Phillies spring training camp in Clearwater, Florida helping Ryan Howard.
Long story short, I think Michael Jack Schmidt can still hit a few over the fence. I'd like to see Plouffe try to throw a few batting practice pitches to Schmidt.
And after Schmidt goes deep then Woodward can step into the batter's box and take a few swings at Plouffe.