By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky Sports Radio’s Ryan Lemond was at his best as master of ceremonies at my career change celebration Friday at Mallard’s in Danville. He got in a few playful jabs at me, and that was fine. But I asked one of his college buddies, Tim Rogers, to maybe share a story Ryan would probably not want us all to know.
So thanks Tim for some nice insights on young Ryan Lemond.
“First off all of the guys that played baseball with him at Kentucky Wesleyan College call him Chet. Obviously after Chicago White Sox player, Chet Lemond. Chet could fly on the bases, run down any fly ball in the outfield. But couldn’t hit his weight and had the arm of a 6-year-old Little League girl,” Rogers said.
Makes one wonder how he got on base enough to set the school stolen base record. But that’s another story.
“One story in particular that stands out. Coach Potts made us get up every morning at 6 in the Fall and run a series of sprints called ‘Nines.’ Some mornings Coach Potts would show up to supervise, but not too often. So there was some mornings that we would just go over to the gym and just lay around and sleep if Coach Potts didn’t show up,” Rogers said.
“This particular morning, Chet didn’t know that Coach Potts was in fact on his way to the gym. He calls Coach Potts’ wife and tells her that Coach wanted her to bring the players doughnuts, milk and orange juice to the gym. Coach had been there just a few minutes, yelling and screaming at us to run faster, when in walks his wife with all of the boxes of doughnuts, milk and juice.
“Coach Potts about died, yelled at her for babying us boys. Chet just laughed as hard as he could, thinking he had gotten one over on Coach Potts.”
Somehow I can believe Lemond would do that. And probably would think it just as funny today if he could pull it off again or something similar on Matt Jones, Drew Franklin, Tyler Thompson, Jared Lorenzen or maybe even Amanda Lemond.