Gustavo Watch, Part 19

You know why you haven’t been hearing much about Gustavo Chacin lately? Because he’s in the minor leagues.


He’s been pitching on a team in the Phillies’ organization called the IronPigs. How perfect is that? The name captures his personalty and his looks all at once.

Gustavo pitched last night and lost, of course, although I must
admit that he didn’t do THAT badly. He lasted five innings and allowed six runs, but only one of the runs was earned.

He’s now 2-3 with a 3.48 ERA. Not great, not bad, and I don’t care either way. If he pitches badly…well, he certainly deserves it for having stolen a ball from me on 8/1/06 at Yankee Stadium, and if he pitches well, then he might earn a promotion to the major leagues where the Hample Jinx will ensure that he fails on the biggest stage of all. So, either way, I win. (But no, the more I think about it, the more I like him earning a few thousands bucks a month in the minors rather than a few thousands bucks per day in the majors. Keep doing your thing, Gus.)


In other news, my friend Leon Feingold has a tryout later today (June 30) with the Newark Bears, and he invited me to come along. I can’t say no to that, but unfortunately it means that I might not make it to Yankee Stadium. Leon’s tryout starts at 2pm. (No telling when it’ll end.) Yankee Stadium opens at 4pm. The tryout is in New Jersey, but there’s a train right near the ballpark that would get me to get to Penn Station in 25 minutes. From there it would take an additional 30 to 40 minutes to reach Yankee Stadium. What should I do?! Even though the Bears are an independent team, they have some big names on their roster including: Daryle Ward, Jay Gibbons, Michael Tucker, Pete Rose Jr., Carl Everett, Keith Foulke…and they’re managed by Tim Raines. There’s a chance I could meet some or all of these guys, so I’m tempted to stay at the ballpark as long as possible and see what happens.


  1. cookandsonbats

    You are playing with fire, sir. Hmm…on one hand possibly meeting a bunch of D-List calibre former major leaguers (okay, I’ll give Carl a B-List grading), on the other hand possibly catching Ken Griffey Jr’s 621st career home run (scheduled to land in Section 103, Row 7, Seat 12 in the top of the first inning on Tuesday). Choice, choices, what to do.

  2. Graham

    Kind of seems like a no brainer. Your bud, Leon, needs your support. If you were planning on making the Yankees game afterwards, you would be too stressed over time to enjoy watching the try outs. Besides, meeting Tim Raines would be sweet. One of the greatest lead off hitters of all time.

  3. cookandsonbats

    An addendum to my comment: I was referring to the players. Yes, I agree that Tim Raines was top notch. Not Hall of Fame worthy in my book. But pretty darn good.

  4. jerseyboy

    Remember how good some of those guys were at one point? The Astros gave away Bobby Abreu cause they had Daryle Ward, though he never did anything good. Jay Gibbons was SUPPOSED to be a top prospect. Michael Tucker was traded for Jermaine Dye. Pete Rose Jr., well, nothing good to say there. Carl Everett, was a disappointment as a Met, a stud as an Astro, and broke up Mike Mussina’s perfect game with 2 outs in the 8th as a Red Sock in 2001. And Keith Foulke, was a world series winning closer. What a shame. I was just reading in article in sports illustrated about Jose Lima and Hideki Irabu (lol). They play together on a independent league team in Southern Cali, and it was mainly about how high spirited Jose Lima is, and how it’s always Lima time. One of the NICEST guys I’ve ever Met. Met him, as a Met, in Spring Training, 2005. He took my friend’s 7-month old daughter and held her and was playing with her. And then of course, the “fat toad.” The article says little about him, because this 40 year old, ONLY comes to the park on his day to pitch. Not surprising. It’s amazing how former baseball players, stars that just fade away, wind up playing somewhere we would never find them. Where is that in basketball? What happened to Latrell Spreewell? Isaiah Rider? Those guys just vanish, they have no where else to go play. But baseball players ALWAYS have a place to play.

    Go to the Bears game. Support your troop.


  5. Txbaseballfan

    Oh BTW, you were curious about Heath Bell kicking his glove into the stands during BP. Well I finally have the entry up, although I was only able to get one photo of it. Check it out when you can, I gave you shout too.

  6. hitsrus

    Zack, Pete Rose Jr. was traded and is now a member of the York Revolution. We live in York county and their stadium is about 15 min. from our house. The Lancaster Barnstormers are also in the Atlantic League and are about 30 min. away too. Hope Leon makes the team and would love to see you in York sometime.

  7. redsfan101

    This doesn’t have to do with your post, but here is my message:
    I am going to GABP tonight. We have scout seats. I encouraged my dad that we should go down for batting practice. For GABP, thats 2 hours before the game!

    Bad news:
    Until 6pm, it is partly cloudy. At 7pm ( the game starts at 7:10 ) we are supposed to have thunderstorms. Now it is up to Mother Nature….

    We are close to the field. I will have my Cincy Reds hat on, including my shirt ( Black and it reads: Cincinnati Then there is the Cincinnati Red’s Logo )

    Wish Me Luck!

  8. Crazy Baseball Stuff

    Ben… I see what your saying what ever happened to some great players. In football members of the 2001 patriots team Tebucky Jones, J.R. Redmond, i just don’t know.
    The Shu

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