Tom Niedenfuer was a relief pitcher for the Dodgers in the 80s. He was a pretty god bullpen piece in his day. Niedenfuer also has a name that sounds good when shouted. Especially, if you shout his last name in a German accent.
Everybody try it now. Ready? 1...2...3...Niedenfuer!!!!!!!!!!
I was too young in 1985 to feel the pain of Niedenfuer. But, older Dodger fans sure know the pain that his pitches had on there psyche. When I mailed a couple cards to Niedenfuer for him to sign, my dad seemed a little angry about it. He even made a quip to me about getting cards signed by this man.
Niedenfuer was a Dodger after all and I collect Dodger autographs. That is why I wrote him a letter. Like I said, I was really young in 1985 and didn't witness the pain that the homers by Ozzie and Clark had on Dodger fans at the time.
I don't hold a grudge against the Phillies. They came up big when they needed to. I reserve all my angst and frustration towards Broxton. He gave up those hits. I will never write a letter to Broxton. Broxton brought personal pain to my heart and I will never forgive him. Broxton is in Kansas City now and I wish him nothing but the worst. It is nothing to do with the Royals, there fans have been suffering for a while. I hope that if the Royals do well, it will be in spite of Broxton.
That anger is probably how my dad feels about Tom Niedenfuer. I have that anger towards Jonathan Broxton. I will never get over it.
I still thank Niedenfuer for sending me his autograph. I wrote in my letter that I am a Dodger fan and he may feel that he owes me a solid. Broxton autographs aren't welcome in my collection though. It may sound weird but following an entire season and then seeing failure hurts a lot more rather than just reading about my favorite team's playoff short comings.
Also, one more time in a thick German accent.......Niedenfuer!!!!!!!!!