Here’s a Sports Illustrated August 4, 1980, quote from Cesar Geronimo, adding perspective to becoming Nolan Ryan’s 3000th strikeout victim; Geronimo had also been Bob Gibson’s 3000th strikeout victim in 1974:
“I was just in the right place at the right time.” — Cesar Geronimo
Geronimo won four Gold Gloves for outfield defense and was known as a defensive specialist on the Big Red Machine. He finished 25th in MVP voting in 1976 when he batted .307, the only season he batted higher than .281. Geronimo struck out a little more than once every six plate appearances and had a career .325 OBP.
Quote found in Paul Dickson’s book “Baseball’s Greatest Quotations.”