Is That Charlie Kerfeld?

We went to San Francisco to see Sissy as Biggio closed in on 3,000 hits. Some guy for the Giants was approaching some other landmark, but I can't remember exactly what it was.

We sat right behind the dugout and I was easy prey for the San Francisco crew. One guy screamed, "Nice clown suit!" as I went to the concession stand and we were subjected to unprintable abuse in the parking lot after the game. I think they were jealous of my gear, frankly.

I weighed 135 pounds in 1986 and never in my wildest dreams did I think that I'd be compared to Charlie Kerfeld during an Astros broadcast.

The sad fact is that he was right, as you can see in this classic 1986 interview featuring Kerfeld, Nolan Ryan, Bill Worrell and Milo Hamilton.

Described as "enthusiastic . . . and obese" on the Internets, the colorful Kerfeld was a fan favorite in '86 and he finished fourth in National League Rookie of the Year voting, beating out a notable current player.

Based on our conversation earlier in the evening, I thought the cameraman was my buddy. That didn't stop him from cutting to me after Lance "Big Puma" Berkman had another misadventure in the field. Granted, I did throw a fit but it was over by the time they cut to me.