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Sunday, March 22, 2009

Did You Know...

...that the Boston Celtics very own Danny Ainge almost didnt play basketball??? Thats right folks, Ainge was selected in baseball's 1977 amateur draft by Toronto. He made it to the major leagues with the Blue Jays in 1979 while still in college, but amassed only modest numbers for the team. A second baseman, he hit .220 in his baseball career with 2 home runs. He is the youngest player in Toronto Blue Jays history to hit a home run at 20 years and 77 days. Ainge played on the losing end of Len Barker's 1981 perfect game, going 0-for-2. After 4 years with the Blue Jays, Ainge decided to pursue a career in basketball and was chosen in the 1981 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics, who had to buy out Ainge's contract from the Blue Jays after a legal battle. All I can say is Im glad he didnt stick with baseball because he became a great nba player (eventhough he was hated by most) and an even better Executive Director of Basketball Operations when he assembled last years team that won it all!!

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