Cranks My Tractor

Published: Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 09:18 AM.

The Cincinnati Reds would go on to win the World Series, beating the New York Yankees in four straight games.  Life is good in the South when Yankees lose.

Future Hall of Fame catcher, Johnny Bench, was the World Series’ Most Valuable Player.

Where is Johnny now?

Last time I saw him, he was on television pushing some sort of miracle salve made from emu oil that is good for arthritis, muscle aches, bug bites and sunburn. The emu is a large flightless fast running, high jumping bird originally from Australia.  They are rather ugly.

There was a time back in the 80’s and 90’s that folks were raising emus hoping to get rich.  They did not.

There has to be some sort of connection to these failed dreams of emu meat filling US kitchens and restaurants and the one fellow who figured out emu oil mixed into a salve could be pushed by an ex-major league catcher.

I’m willing to bet that Johnny makes more money pushing the miracle bird salve than he did playing baseball back in the mid 1970’s.   His salary that year was about half what the minimum salary is today for a rookie and about 1 percent of the highest paid catcher in the major leagues.  

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