A trip to the SI Vault brings us this gem on David Cone by my man John Ed Bradley. From the 1993 Baseball Preview issue:
In Kansas City they make a top-notch steak and some fine barbecue. And first-rate music if you go for jazz. And maybe a decent sportswriter or two—they make that. Or used to. Wasn’t it Hemingway who had a start there, long, long time ago? But hot young baseball talent…they just don’t make much. And, no sir, they never have.
When David Cone was a kid living in a blue-collar neighborhood on the northeast side of Kansas City, he never imagined he would grow up to be the best-paid pitcher the game has ever known. He told people he wanted to be a scribe, like Oscar Madison, the irascible slob in The Odd Couple. Have a beat and lots of dizzy dames. Have an apartment and keep it ear-deep in filth. Have a drink and a smoke before getting out of bed in the morning. Have whatever, since Oscar Madison didn’t seem to give a hoot.
Have a ball, in other words.
Love the nutzo picture of Coney on the cover. Cone is a decent color man in the Yankee TV booth because he's smart and this close away from saying something inappropriate. It's too bad you couldn't watch a game with him uncensored. Or Keith Hernandez. Same thing with Eck who is on good behavior when he's on the air. Trouble is it's like watching Scarface on network TV. Without the cursing it isn't as much fun.