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Steve Lyons will be remembered as the player who dropped his pants.
He could be remembered as an outstanding infielder, but he won't. He'll be remembered as the player who dropped his pants on July 16, 1990.
The White Sox were playing the Tigers in Detroit. Lyons bunted and raced down the first-base line. He knew it was going to be tight, so he dove at the bag. Safe! The Tiger's pitcher disagreed. He and the umpire got into a shouting match, and Lyons stepped in to voice his opinion.
Absorbed in the game and the debate, Lyons felt dirt trickling down the inside of his pants. Without missing a beat he dropped his pants, wiped away the dirt, and ... uh oh ...twenty thousand jaws hit the bleachers' floor.
And, as you can imagine, the jokes began. Fortunately, for Steve, he was wearing sliding pants under his baseball pants. Otherwise the game would be rated "XXX" instead of "PG-13."
I think anybody who dives into first base or accepts any worthy life challenge deserves a salute. How many guys do you see roaring down the baseline of life more concerned about getting a job done than they are about saving their reputation? How often do you see people diving headfirst into anything? Too seldom, right? But when we do ... when we see someone with guts throwing caution to the wind and taking a few risks ... ah, now that's a person worthy of a pat on the ... back.
Here's to all the Steve Lyons in the world. I hope you’re one of those brave souls!