You’ve probably heard the story before — perhaps via Harvey Kubernick? —- but chances are, you’ve not heard it being told to newly tapped radio host Joe Morgan (presumably working his way to up blogging); how often do you get to hear two baseball Hall Of Famers dissing a football Hall of Famer? USA Today’s Bob Nightengale recaps Carlton Fisk’s appearance on Joe Morgan’s “Baseball Legends Week” ;
Fisk told Morgan he simply no longer could take the style and showboating from Deion Sanders (above, who played parts of nine major league seasons. He confronted Sanders, who was playing for the New York Yankees at the time, when he didn’t run to first base on an infield pop-up in 1990.
“I didn’t think Deion Sanders had much respect for the game,” Fisk said. “He showed it when he used to come up to the plate. I don’t know if anybody realized this, but he … sauntered up to the plate like he owned the stadium. And he used to draw a dollar sign in the dirt at home plate. The first time he did that I went, ‘Ah, this guy is driving me crazy already. He’s Neon Deion and the bling thing.’
“So then he hits a pop-up to the infield, and he just stands there like, ‘I don’t need to run this out because I’m Neon Deion.’ Then I started yelling at him, ‘Run the ball out.’ I don’t know if anybody I have played against has disrespected the game like he appears to be doing.
“So he comes up again and draws a dollar sign in the dirt. And you know what he says? He says, ‘Hey, man, the days of slavery are over.’ I stood up and walked up to him face to face and I said, ‘I don’t care whether you are black or blue or pink or red. … If you don’t start playing this game right, I’m going to kick your butt right here.’”