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.