Thursday, May 26, 2011

Valdez as Slick on the Mound as in Prince William Sound

A 19-inning marathon between the Philadelphia Phillies and Cincinnati Reds ended at 1:19 this morning, with 2nd-baseman Wilson Valdez earning the victory after Philadelphia had exhaused its bullpen. Valdez became the first player since none other than Babe Ruth to start a game at a position other than pitcher, move to the mound, and record a victory, which Ruth did on October 1, 1921.

Now that Valdez is in the company of baseball royalty, doesn't he deserve a snazzy nickname? I think so...and, based on Wilson's hair, I suggest "Exxon," because Valdez's coif quite resembles the aftermath of the Exxon Valdez disaster, with his beard standing in for the pooled spillage that washed ashore in Prince William Sound, Alaska.

All in favor...?

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