You may not remember Frank Viola Jr., but he was one of the most consistent pitchers in baseball from 1984 to 1993 with the Twins, Mets and Red Sox, making three all-star teams and winning the 1987 World Series MVP and the 1988 A.L. Cy Young.
As you can see in the photo above from last weekend, ‘Sweet Music’ is still hitting all the right notes nearly two decades after retiring.
Currently a pitching coach in the Mets’ organization, Viola was obviously enjoying some fun time with his wife before spring training pressed him back into service.
Honestly, what better photo to represent Valentine’s Day than this one:
— Frank Viola (@FrankViola3) February 9, 2014
The pics come courtesy of Frank Viola 3 (yes, FV3!), who pitched in the Chicago White Sox minor league system. He’s still hoping to make the big leagues by working on a knuckleball with various wizards of the craft, including Tim Wakefield. (FV3 is also followed by Kate Upton on Twitter, which likely makes him cooler than you.)
Sadly, the Violas recently lost Frank Viola I, who had to be a pretty incredible guy to have been at the top of this bloodline. We offer our sincere condolences to the family and hope that the imminent arrival of spring helps their grieving process. Baseball – all sports, really – needs families like this one.