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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Three is the Magic Number

Whoever came up with the phrase, "third wheel"... never met The Big Three:  Barry Zito, Tim Hudson, and Mark Mulder.

Five seasons.  Two hundred thirty-four wins.  Six all-star game appearances.  One Cy Young Award.  And exactly zero trips to the World Series as a trio.

Oh well... They'll forever be appreciated by the Oakland Athletics and their fans for their contributions to the team from 2000 to 2004.

It was cool to hear that the Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants worked together to let the three throw out the first ceremonial pitches before the rubber match in The Bay Bridge Series.  As an Athletics fan, there hasn't been a lot of things worth celebrating this season... so this definitely hit the spot.

Today, I figured I'd honor these guys with a few of my favorite trios in sports and pop culture.

#1:  The Beastie Boys 

Easily the most entertaining trio for me over the last twenty-something years.  There isn't a week that goes by where I don't listen to these guys.  Miss ya MCA!

#2:  Han, Luke, and Leia

Okay.  I'm sure Chewbacca, R2-D2, and C-3PO are not amused with this selection, since the six pretty much hung out together for most of the trilogy.  But neither of these droids or the wookie were a part of the bizarre love triangle, so they can't complain too much.

#3:  The Other Big Three

Thank goodness for Turner Broadcasting System and their coverage of Atlanta Braves games during the 90's.  I've never considered myself a Braves fan... but I truly feel blessed that I was fortunate enough to watch Tom Glavine, John Smoltz, and of course Greg Maddux during that part of my life.

#4:  Three's Company

There are a bunch of television shows from my childhood that I miss.  However... few made me laugh as much as Three's Company.

#5:  Showtime Lakers 

I don't follow or watch basketball anymore, but during the 80's, 90's, and most of the 2000's... I was a huge Los Angeles Lakers fan.  The catalyst?  Magic, Kareem, and Worthy.  Actually my favorite player was Byron Scott... but I'm not sure if he's worthy of bumping Worthy from this list.

Okay fellow hobby enthusiasts...

What are some of your favorite trios in sports or pop culture?

Oh... just thought of one more favorite trio...

One of my favorite things about going to Hawaii is getting the opportunity to eat Portuguese sausage, eggs, and rice every morning.  If you've never tried it... I highly recommend it.

Hope y'all are enjoying your weekend.  Happy Sunday and sayonara!


  1. Damn, those sausage, eggs and rice look amazing...

    I'm surprised you didn't mention the time the A's won three consecutive World Serieses between 1972 and 1974.

  2. No love for The Three Stooges?

    1. I forgot to mention that I'm also quite partial to Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, and Dorothy Lamour in the Road to.... movies.

  3. Let's see... Crosby, Stills and Nash... the German band Trio that did the song "Da Da Da (Ich Lieb' dich nicht du liebst mich nich aha aha aha)"... Joel, Tom Servo & Crow from "Mystery Science Theater 3000"... The Marx Brothers if you ignore Zeppo and Gummo... Kirk, Spock and McCoy... The three Beatles albums they made at their peak (Help, Rubber Soul, Revolver). I'm sure I could go on all night.

  4. CREAM-Baker,Bruce,and Clapton.

  5. Love me some Beastie Boys. My favorite trios in music (otherwise) have to be Green Day and Rush.

    It's too bad that Prior, Wood and Zambrano did not become the trio we here in Chicago imagined.

  6. I'm a big Muse fan and they only run 3 deep.