• Ryan Tippett

Imagine Playing Michael Jordan In Pick Up, Having The Balls To Chirp Him

Tonight, we get a behind-the-curtain look at the Michael Jordan’s time in baseball with the Chicago White Sox organization. His manager during his time in baseball was Terry Francona, ex-Boston Red Sox World Series Champion and current manager of the Cleveland Indians. Francona was on ESPN’s Buster Olney’s Baseball Tonight podcast and shed some light on his time managing one of the most revered athletes of our generation. In particular, he discussed a story that involved a pickup game played at Francona’s apartment complex.

The apartment complex I lived in, and it wasn't in a great area, it had a blacktop basketball courts and it had chain nets. Champ and Barney, they were sitting behind me and popping off about basketball. They were just messing around, but Michael's ears perked up. The next thing you know, we're at my apartment complex on the blacktop shooting hoops. And you know, word of mouth doesn't take very long. The next thing you know there's guys from the neighborhood that have come in and we're playing five-on-five and I'm scared to death. I'm thinking I'm going to lose my job. I'm what, 33 years old, I got four kids, and I'm going to lose my job. It should've been televised. Watching what he did... It amazed me when you put a basketball in his hands, how strong he looked. And then when you put a bat in his hand how normal he looked. It was amazing to me. - Francona

He went on to tell Olney that Jordan ended the pickup game by proceeding to dunk on a guy that was chirping him. Shocker. I’d like to meet the mad man who tried to trigger MJ during a run on the black top with essentially very little rules. Everyone knows pickup ball is a whole different animal, it can get much more physical. Not a good business decision to test one of the GOATs, who would’ve guessed that ending.