This week’s dirt needs no introduction. Gar’-bear was a fan favorite during his 12-year career, all with the California/Anaheim Angels throughout the entire decade of the ‘90s. A career .258 hitter, with only 28 HR’s and 355 RBI, DiSarcina was not the steroid popping, brick shithouse type of guy that you associate with his generation. That didn’t stop him from being a major league starting shortstop for 7 straight years through the mid-90’s and earning a trip to the all-star game in 1995 (we all know he was snubbed by the likes of Jeter, Gar
ciaparra, and A-Rod in the years after).
The accolades didn’t stop there as DiSar was named the Angels team MVP in 1998. There was definitely a little sarcasm behind that last one until I learned that team included Jim Edmonds, Garret Anderson, Tim Salmon, Darin Erstad, and Troy Glaus. Sure, all 5 of those guys were just starting out their career, but I think it’s safe to say that a role model like Gary “Hit or Die” DiSarcina played an invaluable role in their future success. A man of the 90’s, a grinder through and through, and an impact that didn’t shine through the box score make Gary D a future Dirtsack HOF’er.