Spring Training is just getting started, but the Hample Jinx is already in mid-season form.
Gustavo Chacin, the “man” who stole a ball from me on 8/1/06 at Yankee Stadium, arrived at Blue Jays camp yesterday and struggled right from the start. Basically, he’s still suffering from last year’s shoulder injury (which was also a result of the Jinx), and he’s way behind schedule–so far behind that he’s not just a long shot to earn a spot in the starting rotation, but there’s a chance he might not even earn a spot on the Opening Day roster.
This is what the news panel looked like on the Blue Jays web site…
…and here’s the article itself.
If Chacin ever gives me a replacement ball AND APOLOGIZES for the one he stole, I will rescind the Jinx. Until that happens, however, Misfortune will be his mistress.