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On this date: Rob Zastryzny is born (0:51)

On Rob Zastryzny's 28th birthday, Tim Kurkjian recalls some humorous anecdotes about the pitcher's last name. (0:51)

Every day, until baseball returns, Tim Kurkjian will use the day on the calendar to tell a story (or two ... or three) as only he can.

March 26: How do you spell Rob Zastryzny again?

Wait, this guy has a last name with with two "Z's" and two "Y's"? Meet lefty Rob Zastryzny.


Rob Zastryzny needs a nickname

In 2016, the Cubs proved then-rookie reliever Rob Zastryzny's name was absolutely baffling to all of his teammates and manager.

March 27: Straight from prison, Pete Rose proved he could still hit

His son came and picked him up. They went straight to the batting cage, where the Hit King reminded everyone he still had it.


Kurkjian recalls Rose's hitting display after getting out of prison

With March 27 being the anniversary of a 1989 story Sports Illustrated wrote about Pete Rose's gambling, Tim Kurkjian tells the story of when Rose put on an impressive display at a batting cage after getting out of prison.

March 28: Joy Kurkjian's birthday, and how she almost cost her son a homer

Joy Kurkjian turns 96 years old. She went to every game her sons played. She almost turned one of her kid's homers into a double.


Kurkjian celebrates his mom's birthday with a humorous story

With March 28th being the birthday of Tim Kurkjian's mother, Joy, he recalls the time when she almost cost his brother a home run in a game.

March 29: Of Cy Young, Big Klu and Le Grande Orange

How good was Cy Young? Well, the award is named after him. But maybe you didn't know that Ted Kluszewski cut off the sleeves of his uniform or Rusty Staub was such a good cook he took pots and pans on road trips.


On this date: Cy Young is born, Rusty Staub dies

In honor of March 29, Tim Kurkjian tells stories of Cy Young on the anniversary of his birth and Rusty Staub on the anniversary of his death.

March 30: That time Dwight Gooden taught Roger Clemens it's OK to throw hard

Dwight Gooden, when he arrived in the majors, was scary good. So good, in fact, that when Roger Clemens got in the batter's box against him, Clemens learned something important about pitching.


Anniversary of Gooden's retirement reminds Kurkjian of funny Clemens story

Dwight Gooden retired on March 30, 2001, and that reminds Tim Kurkjian of a humorous story related to Gooden and Roger Clemens.

March 31: When Michael Jordan went to the minors and cheated at Yahtzee

Michael Jordan tried his hand at baseball. He wasn't the best player, but he was still the most competitive -- going so far as to find creative ways to take manager Terry Francona's money.