Monday, January 04, 2010
Yep, it's that day again. Another birthday has rolled around. I'm not doing anything special today, but I'll be with the family and friends tonight.
I share this birthday with such famous folks as Sir Isaac Newton, Louis Braille, Michael Stipe, Dyan Cannon, Don Shula and Floyd Patterson. Here are a few others. (I never knew I have the same birthday as James Bond. No, not 007, but the famous ornithologist who the character was actually named after by Ian Fleming.)
Here is the list of all-time MLB players who were born on this date. No Hall of Famers here, or even great players. One active manager is here, Charlie Manuel. George Selkirk, the old Yankee outfielder, has the most lifetime HRs by anyone born on this day with 108, and BA, with .290. Ted Lilly of the Cubs has the most lifetime wins of anyone born today, with 103. (Jay Tibbs, journeyman pitcher back in the 1980s, was born on the same day I was.)
They're shooting off fireworks in Burma (or Myanmar), as it is their Independence Day. It is the feast day of the first American saint ever canonized, Elizabeth Ann Seton. And it was 24 years ago today that Phil Lynott, the great lead singer and guitarist of Thin Lizzy, died at the young age of 36.
Found this funny quote about birthdays yesterday from Jerry Seinfeld:
"Well, birthdays are merely symbolic of how another year has gone by and how little we've grown. No matter how desperate we are that someday a better self will emerge, with each flicker of the candles on the cake, we know it's not to be, that for the rest of our sad, wretched pathetic lives, this is who we are to the bitter end. Inevitably, irrevocably; happy birthday? No such thing."