I was recently informed that Gustavo Chacin — the pitcher who foolishly stole a baseball from me on 8/1/06 at Yankee Stadium — had a sparkling outing yesterday.
Is this a cause for concern? Is the Hample Jinx wearing off?
No. And no.
Although Chacin managed to pitch eight scoreless innings, it should be noted that he did it in the minor leagues. He was facing a Triple-A lineup that included: Josh Reddick, Bubba Bell, Jeff Bailey, Brian Anderson, Mark Wagner, Aaron Bates, Travis Denker, Chris Woodward (whom I adore, but let’s face it, he doesn’t exactly strike fear in opposing pitchers), and Gil Velazquez.
Fine, Chacin pitched well. He did his job. He’s been pitching effectively all year — in the minor leagues. Between Reading and Lehigh Valley, he has gone 8-3 with a 3.17 ERA. Good for him. You know how I see it? I say…let the ball thief pitch well and earn himself a September call-up with the Phillies. Then he’ll have a chance to get bombed on a national stage.