This week’s Trending 10 takes a trip down memory lane to recognize iconic motivational speakers who have provided fans with some of the biggest moments in MLB postseason history.
Reggie Jackson: Come on folks, you know we couldn’t possibly have started off this list of the best MLB sports speakers for hire with anybody other than Mr. October himself. He wasn’t born in October, but this guy came alive during the playoff month to lead the Oakland A’s and New York Yankees to a couple shiny championship rings. 5 World Series later, Reggie has mentored some of today’s greats including recently retired Yankee legend Derek Jeter. His reputation precedes him, and Reggie has the power to inspire others as a motivational speaker.
George Brett: The Royals now have all the more reason to love their former Hall of Fame third baseman. Sports Speaker Brett is a major reason why the team was a perennial playoff team in the 80’s and secured the World Series title in 1985. Now he has returned as a good luck charm in the form of the team’s Vice president of Baseball Operations. The seemingly unbeatable Royals are headed back to the World Series for the first time since 1985, let’s just hope they know how to properly apply pine tar! All jokes aside, there might not be a more prominent Hall of Famer in the spotlight right now than George Brett.
Ozzie Smith: Ozzie Smith did a lot of amazing things on the baseball field, but blasting home runs wasn’t one of them. He only had 28 total in his whole career however you don’t get a nickname like The Wizard for nothing! Sports Speaker Ozzie’s game winning home run in Game 5 of the 1985 NLCS was a special moment in playoff history and now he inspires others as a motivational speaker. Don’t pass up on a chance to hire this iconic MLB legend. In the words of the late, great Cardinals announcer Jack Buck, “Go crazy folks, go crazy!”
Carlton Fisk: The Red Sox have to be the most equally lucky and unlucky baseball franchise of all-time given their ups and downs in the postseason. A highlight in the history of the team takes us back to 1975 when catcher Carlton Fisk waved fair a game winning home run in the bottom of the 12th inning to win Game 6 of the World Series. The game has since been ranked #1 in MLB Network’s 20 Greatest Games. Could your next corporate event or fundraiser use a hero? Let Sports Speaker Carlton knock it out of the park.
David Ortiz: The Red Sox formidable first baseman and postseason hero will be joining the Fox World Series broadcast this fall! The greatest DH ever to step in the box has provided Red Sox Nation with countless clutch postseason hits that have propelled the team to 3 World Series titles. His overwhelmingly charming personality has helped him to become one of the most popular ambassadors of the Red Sox and Major League Baseball as a whole. Booking a Sports Speaker of his caliber will cost you at least 6-figures, but if your budget can afford it there is no reason not to secure such an impactful sports speaker like David Ortiz.
Joe Carter: To you Phillies phanatics I can understand if this might be a sore subject for you, but Joe Carter’s walk-off World Series blast in 1993 simply cannot be ignored. His mighty blast down the left field line in Toronto highlights the career of a man who knew how to play the game the right way. Sports Speakers Joe was a model professional inside the clubhouse and out, and now he hosts his own annual charity golf tournament each year to raise money for the Children’s Aid Foundation. Joe is an affordable sports speaker for hire who is open to autograph sessions, meet and greets and most importantly speaking engagements.
Kirk Gibson: The name Kirk Gibson immediately evokes the memory of that fateful night in 1988 when an injury-plagued Gibson blasted a 2-run walk off homer into the right field seats at Dodger Stadium and hobbled and fist-pumped his way around the bases. Clutch? The word doesn’t even come close to doing that at-bat justice. The postseason can be scary for hitters with the added pressure riding on each at-bat but this guy had a knack for the long ball. Need an inspirational sports speaker that knows about performing under pressure? You’ve found your man.
Curt Schilling: Curt Schilling and his left-handed, right-hand man Randy Johnson were an unstoppable force during the 2001 World Series which yielded a title a co-MVP honors. Curt’s postseasons performances are highlighted by the “Bloody Sock Game” and what would become a bloody sock series for the ace. He pitched through a torn tendon to help break the infamous curse of the Bambino, delivering the first World Series win for the Sox in 86 years.
Tom Glavine: Fresh off his Hall of Fame induction this past July, Sports Speaker Tom was a picture of perfection during the 1990’s. He and teammate Greg Maddux ruled the National League and helped lead the Braves to 5 World Series appearances from 1991-1999. He was lights out during the Series in 1995 and won 2 games for the Braves, the latter an 8 inning shutout in the clinching Game 6 to win the title. He took home the Series MVP that year and doubles as an MVP motivational speaker post-retirement.
Mariano Rivera: A lights-out closer may just be the most underrated yet critical player on the full 53-man roster. For the last 2 decades, the Yankees enjoyed the luxury of knowing that if they could take a lead into the 9th inning, future Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera was going to close the deal. The Yankees won a total of 5 World Series during Mariano’s reign and he took home the Series MVP award following his brilliant performance in the 1999 World Series. On top of his pitching prowess, he is largely responsible for helping to bridge the cultural gap between Latinos and Americans in the MLB.