Bobby Grich had the Cantina Lounge across from Cal State Fullerton hoppin' Friday aft.
While sharing his voice with Jeff Biggs and the 830 audience, he recalled:
- How when he joined the Angels in 1977, he fell in love with Anaheim's weather after years of trading Florida spring training sun for Baltimore chill.
- Celebrating retirement after the 1986 season by finally enjoying his summers with adventure treks all over the globe.
- Getting a mandate from the Angels' front office in the past decade to ignite the alumni association, helping the organization create the family feeling that the Orioles had.
When he wasn't chatting for the radio, Bobby graciously signed autographs and posed for photos.
It turned into quite a weekend for Grich. The next day, MLB Network showed the Angels-Yankees game of June 17, 1978, when Ron Guidry struck out 18.
Bobby avoided being victim No. 17 in the eighth inning by flying out on a two-strike pitch to Reggie in right. That after Grich fouled a shot through the net behind him and laid off a close pitch.
Leading off the ninth, Dave Chalk, with his drastic choke on the bat, swung for the 17th strikeout. The 18th came when Joe Rudi swung on a 1-2 pitch. The call came Phil Rizzuto on the radio feed: "Holy cow! Eighteen strikeouts!" Natch, Yankee Stadium went nuts.
Don Baylor with a single and Ron Jackson with a fielder's choice kept the Louisiana Lighting total at 18. Hope Bobby was watching.