Roch Around the Clock


December 24, 2005|By ROCH KUBATKO

The tributes and stories keep rolling in since news broke late Wednesday night of Elrod Hendricks' death. And don't expect them to stop anytime soon.

Brady Anderson has his own unique tale, as you'd expect from him.

Anderson said he hadn't really established much of a relationship with Elrod - John Eisenberg is right, no last name is needed in Baltimore - until his fifth year in the league, which was Anderson's first as an All-Star.

Former Sun columnist Ken Rosenthal was interviewing Anderson, and he happened to pass along something that Hendricks said about the outfielder - something Anderson thought was insulting.

"I asked Kenny if he actually said that and he showed me his notes," Anderson says. "So I go and confront him about it, and he says he didn't say it or mean it that way. From that day on, I think we always got along.

"I liked to talk baseball with him, always thought he was a reliable resource when talking about players that played before I did. I felt the respect was mutual as well because his two sons, Ryan and Ian, usually immediately came to my locker to hang out when they visited the clubhouse. His wife, Merle, was always extremely nice to me. He really has a great family and that says much about him.

"Obviously, you would be hard-pressed to find a man who devoted so much time to the community in which he played and coached. He left his mark and will be missed."

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