A Little Bit More on Darren O'Day's Day
In the AL Wrap, I dropped in this quote from Toronto's Kevin Millar:
"Gabbard I thought was a left-handed pitcher and he came in throwing sinkerballs, side-armed right-handed, so I was a little confused at first."
This was in reference to recent Rangers acquisition Darren O'Day. How recent an acquisition are we talking? At 12:45 yesterday afternoon he was unemployed and sitting on his couch in Florida. At 9:45 p.m. he was getting off a plane in Toronto and being hurried to Rogers Centre during the eighth inning of the Rangers' game against the Blue Jays and arrived in the 10th inning after going "through customs and all that jazz."
O'Day didn't even meet his manager and teammates until he was warming up on the mound to pitch the 11th inning. Rangers Manager Ron Washington said O'Day was "excited, and the first thing that he said was, 'Let's rumble.'"
And about that questioned identity?
Well, since the Rangers were on the road, the team's equipment manager couldn't make O'Day a uniform but the team carries with them the jerseys of any guys who could get called up. O'Day was not one such guy but Kason Gabbard was. Gabbard, a hard-throwing lefty, is currently with the club's Class AAA affiliate in Oklahoma City. So O'Day had to wear Gabbard's jersey.
"I figured I'd be throwing in the mid-90's -- doesn't [Gabbard] throw pretty hard?" joked O'Day after the game.
Despite Millar's apparent confusion, he was still able to single in the winning run off of O'Day for an 8-7 Blue Jays win. To his credit, O'Day said his whirlwind day didn't effect his pitching.
"You've got to do what they brought me here to do. I obviously didn't get that job done," said O'Day. "I'll remember the day, not the outing."
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