|My brother Taylor and Lou Johnson|
- The Giants winning the series and that he was happy for them. “Man, that team, that city, I felt sorry for them. All those years, those great players and they never won it. I was happy for ‘em.”
- How the game has changed with all the pitching changes and pitch counts and specialization, expansion, body armor. “Koufax, Drysdale, Gibson...those fellas would throw 200 pitches a game, and come back three days later. Why can’t these kids do the same? Nobody’s throwing any harder. And I don’t understand why these hitters are allowed to wear those guards on their arms and legs, it shouldn’t be allowed. Pitchers can’t pitch inside anymore without getting warnings. I don’t understand it, with all the protection those batters get to wear now, there should never be warnings for pitches thrown inside.”
- Stories about beanballs and how pitchers used to take care of players back in his day. “Bob Gibson hit me in the third at bat in a game after I had doubled off him on the second AB. Man, I’m telling you, he plunked me like no pitcher has ever plunked me! The man threw hard! After he hit me, I wasn’t gonna call him no names, cuz’ I knew i’d have to hit against him again. That man was intimidating man. I’m down like this at home plate, (Lou bends his torso down with his hands on his knees), just like this. I couldn’t move man. He hit me hard right here man, (points to his left shoulder). I couldn’t move, honestly. And back then we had all these baseball unwritten rules, to not let a pitcher know that he hurt you. Walt Alston comes out and says, ‘Don’t rub it,’ and I’m bent over like this and I say ‘F$#% man, I can’t even move my right arm even if I wanted to rub the left, How am I gonna rub it?” (he breaks out in laughter). That’s the truth, I can’t raise my right arm and I got hit in the left, Gibson threw that hard!
|Bob Gibson pitching in the '68 World Series|
- His opinion on differences between the game back then and now. "But we had some games man! Those was good games. We didn’t have but 8 teams in each league. There was nothin’ watered down with the players back then man. 25 players times 8 teams. That was the best players in the world. And we had some games.”
|Marichal and Fuentes with bats swinging during the Aug. 22, 1965 brawl at Candlestick Park|
|Lou Johnson poses for photograph with me|