In an age where things are built to come and go, Vince Naimoli has come and gone — like so much jowly ephemera. Despite relinquishing ownership of the Rays less than a decade ago, and despite being one of the most inept, curmudgeonly owners of the modern era, I’m betting that many of even the most informed baseball fans (of whom the FanGraphs readership is comprised) had forgotten him until Jonah Keri’s book The Extra 2% dedicated a hundred pages (or so) to him. Or maybe not.
But would you recognize him? Could you identify him above, where he’s pictured with his Eating Club? (The horrible syntax of the primary caption might be of no help.)
My proclivities strange, I spent a few hours sorting through images of Vince Naimoli recently, trying to discern something more about what lead to his demise. (Ok, not really. I was just bored.) In addition to the grainy gem above, I found a pic wherein Mr. Naimoli is so mid-syllable, so Photoshop-ably posed, so . . . orange that I thought, perhaps, that I could delight you all with a new meme.
I am probably wrong. This is probably a massive failure. But if NotGraphs readers have come to expect anything of me in my brief tenure here, they have come to expect one of two things: massive failure or hilarious Photoshoppery.
Without further adon’t, I present THE UNMEMEABLE VINCE NAIMOLI:
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