June 13, 2003 I met Rick when he played AA ball in Pittsfield, Mass. way back in 1971 or so. He is an honestly and truly very nice guy. I thought he was a terrific guy and a terrific pitcher. I loved him to death!
June 17, 2003 Rick is totally a class act...I met him while he was a pitching coach for Norfolk last 2 years. Signed auto and talk to you for a while. Gave me a brand new baseball and I got my favorite player (J. Seo) on the team sign on the sweet spot. What a sweet experience, I hope he's doing well after the surgery he's having.
December 29, 2007 I went to high school with Ricky (as he was known back then) and was teammates with his older brother Randy. Ricky was too young to play varsity, but we took him with us on away games. He is truly a great and humble guy. I ran into him at an Atlanta Flames game back in the 70s. Here was a guy pitching in the majors; he walked up to me and introduced himself and said, "do you remember me?". Great, humble guy.
We last met up in May of '82 in Anaheim, he was with Texas, and I took him his birthday present from Randy and picked him up for breakfast one morning. I haven't seen the "kid" since, but as I am going on a spring training trip, I will find him.
August 28, 2008 My fondest memory of Rick Waits is when he beat the hated Yankees 9 - 2 on the final day of the regular season in 1978 to force the one game playoff with Boston. Waits and other lefties (guys like Mike Caldwell) would give the Yankees and their dominant left-handed hitting line-up fits and in that final game Waits did not disappoint going the distance. The Red Sox still had to win their game to force the playoff which they did. In fact with a week to go the Yanks were actually up by 3 games or so and the Sox won their last 7 to end up in a tie for first! Waits had some good solid workman-like years for the Indians in the late 70's.