Darryl Sutter has been one to weave an occasional baseball reference into press conferences. Want to know tomorrow’s starting goaltender? “This isn’t baseball,” he may reply, noting that teams don’t have to announce starters days in advance.
Is there a big playoff game against the Chicago Blackhawks tomorrow night?
With the microphones turned off, a smiling Darryl Sutter ended the press conference by asking Jim Hill about Yasiel Puig. Big baseball fan.
— Jon Rosen (@lakingsinsider) June 5, 2013
As we learned after a recent press scrum, he has a sturdy background on the diamond as well.
Before there was Darryl Sutter, captain, Darryl Sutter, general manager, or Darryl Sutter, Stanley Cup-winning coach, there was Darryl Sutter, infielder.
“I think I was a better ballplayer than I was a hockey player,” he said, and… wait, what?
“He was the best shortstop I’d ever seen,” said his brother, Gary.
My LAKings.com feature: Darryl Sutter: Playing Hardball
More on the baseball-hockey crossover in advance of the January 25 Stadium Series game at Dodger Stadium can be found at LAKings.com.
Other Insider LAKings.com features:
Dining Out with Willie Mitchell
Kings of CHLA
West is Best
Talk About It
Little Time for Rest
Make Them Better
Will to Win
Smooth and Selke
Up, Up and Away
In Their Eyes
Work in Progress
Scuderi’s Actions Speak
Brown’s Model a Path for Doughty