Eight-time Lake Tahoe celebrity tournament champion Rick Rhoden talks with Greg Papa from the Lake on Chronicle Live.
Yeah well they are gathering up -- like John. I'll play American century celebrity golf classic Daniel competition really not much of capitation Rick -- a former Major League pitcher what -- 91939597992002. Radios one of the last two years he's going to break -- played. As we take you out you had thwarted. Donald golf course and like Donald welcome into the upper. Perennial winner of their Rick -- to chronicle live at the presented by auto trader -- Cabrera welcomed the shark Greg -- -- studio in San Francisco when you arrived there are you kind of like -- Jack -- of the Tiger Woods -- -- you're the one that everybody's got their -- not checking you out on the -- that -- on the putting great and saying I gotta find a way to beat that guy. Well I don't know what they're thinking and okay let's hit the ball approach now committed can he win the tournament started muscling you're not very pretty -- -- Got hurt years ago when my it my swing is not now they're pretty good good hand eye coordination and find some way to kind of scrape it around. Had he had a neck injury you know seven you're gonna have to come back to talent when the last couple years. How good of a golf -- were you growing up and I've read where you qualified for the United States senior open you played on the Champions Tour events he -- three career top ten finishes if you noticed that if I'm not gonna be a big league pitcher when you're younger and went right to professional golf could you have played out there on the tour. You know when I was -- kid that I grew up he felt part of the book a golf course let him play much golf you know golf cart because money. Then the other sports really didn't though I'd play a couple times a year but that -- really start playing much golf until I got in the pro baseball in Brooklyn Dodgers downed his spring training. Got that first that a golf club. -- her shoes and would play in spring training when that time about. Obviously made the right choice you had AS sixteen year Major League career remember you mostly with the other Dodgers but you're also well played for the fire ridge said the Yankees for a company years in the -- and the Astros like. Well you're all star but I gotta ask you about your your ability to swing the bat as a catcher how that translates to it took up golf because when you see a lot of guys that are great baseball players -- -- -- -- -- target when they swing a golf club us big today I think you are one of the greatest hitting pitchers of all -- -- 88 Billy Martin usually as a DH. When you're a pitcher with the Yankees saw how hard was that to go from being a baseball player the trying to slow things out of the proper temple has been a golf club. Plano. It took a lot of pride in my hitting I was pretty good hitters and amateur players work that is good news I was. That it it's hitting pitches the other guy had an advantage but worked in my hitting. Golf I never really. I never really taken me -- and then I just went down played like everybody else that I and most baseball players did a big pay denied I don't. I don't do that. Most guys come over the top and hit the ball under some reason I it just never I never thought about that is good news the golf the Caribbean belt island down on the ground and I hit it eluded a baseball it and you know who worked out pretty good. Your -- Great -- to 38 is a pitcher with nine homers and 75 RBIs during your -- imagine your time with the Yankees in 8788. You played -- Luke and -- -- and a Billy Martin talking about those two years with the Yankees were -- -- evident in new York state of mind with the passing of the great George Steinbrenner. I yesterday record you know so don't tell me about those couple years playing it under George Steinbrenner and for little and Billy. Well I enjoyed playing in New York don't think -- like that that much early in my career. -- pretty tough place to play for young kids that the united I had been planned. They twelve years when I went over in New York though. It was probably final that I -- you know a lot of guys that -- -- George Steinbrenner but I never did I like the fact that he wanted to win and you nearly who's gonna try to get players that help the team. You know lot of teams don't do that I mean we need the player is gonna try to give them that as many gonna win and doesn't mean he might get the right player but he is gonna go get players and try to get them -- -- help there. Your dodger to begin your career in those great 7778. Back get back to back here you play the Yankees in the in the World Series and had lost both times -- George ever bring that up to tell you he had -- just a rivalry with the Dodgers I know when you became a Yankee did he bring up the fact that he BQ and and 7778. -- -- divorce. And now you know in fact in the I don't remember earlier. Talk and Jorge to let some years -- that he leading come down and talk too much that -- -- was always there I mean he. You know got health directors managers sometimes good -- -- -- -- -- those guys that can -- that football mentality started yelled -- guys that played better but you know football. That are twelve games in baseball -- 162 -- that the kind of work that -- you're the best players in baseball aren't always good you know they can rent district -- remember that guy you're playing better against the -- -- players in the world also though you know you have a team that they did they get great players. I don't people often I get George hurt firing Billy so many times but he rehired on the each fired him five times retired and four and he was gonna bring him back people don't realize this but Billy Martin died on Christmas night 1980 -- was preparing our coaching staff to come back. And manage the Yankees in 1990 have a huge Billy Martin fan -- one of the greatest game managers of all time -- what was it like up playing for Billy at a particular art Fowler who was as lopsided. Pitching coach it has been around the -- Martin pileup -- Five what was that like for you. Playing against -- I've played there. It was million in my career and I didn't then with a lot of managers great managers I've played brawl that with Florida and took -- I've played some great Mendenhall they managers Billy was good loop the now I felt with a great manager. You know. -- think them vendors back then we're. Had more influence over the players I think now that that the manager. You don't have to do is big. Gained guy you know nobody could have yet to the players. -- business that they've -- thinking get the players to play hard for every day. That you can be good manager nowadays a lot of it boils down the district guys playing hard is that -- that they that the you know -- with a great managing general one. Probably -- you baseball -- him but. You know if you got a good team and he got a good good players don't get their way and they like you to play hard to get a good chance to win. Hi Greg welcome back to northern California guard for number nine this weekend -- net edgewood and shot only -- the very best -- -- -- -- right around a little bit as we can get the guys a chance you win this thing every single year. -- did things like it always comes on the eighteenth hole you know give an indirect and kind of hit a good drive on eighteen opportunity years on the final -- hopefully I'll be in the position that I would give to another ball in the fairway but. They get a little nerve -- and that's why we play you know early we don't have that's where we can come compete now golf we don't we can't play other sports than. Golf has the big equalizer you know we get guys here they're all favorite -- board but you. Let they're not the name on the golf courses where there's board members wear so that the league equalizer and I think that's where guys love with a much. All right -- thank you so much your time good luck this weekend. And I think but.