Farewell Pech, Welcome Organ Reversal Man
Well, new Wiz (pending final approval) guard Randy Foye has a disorder where all his internal organs are reversed. That's quirky, anyhow. It's called situs inversus, it affects 1 in 10,000 people, and yes, it means that he'd theoretically have chest pains on the right side of his chest, and appendix pains on the left. And yes, it also means that Daniel Snyder is no longer the only D.C. sports figure who's heart is occasionally in the wrong place. Let's turn it over to the AP:
Foye, who was born in Newark, N.J., didn't know about it himself until age 7, when he was hospitalized for two weeks with pneumonia. His doctors discovered it by accident, and told his grandmother, who was raising him.
"They said everything is normal, there's nothing to worry about," Foye said. But he remembers that his grandmother waited until he was home from the hospital to tell him, and that she tried to soften the blow. "She said, 'Your heart is on the other side. You're not the only person in the world like this.' "
The trade also means the end of Pech in D.C. May you get buckets, son, wherever you wind up. I'll remember him calling Antawn Jamison "My brozer! From anozer mozer!" being nicknamed The White Hole and I'll remember him saying "I get buckets son" and "keep it gangsta son," but I'll especially remember eating a Russian dinner with him, Harvey Grant, and then-Wiz PR guy Zack Bolno in Las Vegas. An excerpt, in which Pech was discussing going to Chipotle:
"It's always so many people," he said, "and when you stand in this line, people all the time, they ask you something: 'Are you a basketball player? Can I shake your hand?'"
"Get used to it, brother," Harvey said.
"What about shake hands?" Pech asked. "Some of them smell bad, it's difficult to give him hand."
"You shake their hand, then you go in the restroom to wash your hand," Harvey explained.
I left Vegas that summer thinking Pech might work out well for the Wiz, and would definitely work out well for the Bog. I'll miss him.
And I should also note that Foye once volunteered to represent the Wolves at the NBA draft lottery, which is held 10 minutes from his home. He brought three lucky items with him, including some holy water from Lourdes a Minnesota official bought while scouting. The Wolves ended up with the seventh pick, exactly what the odds would have predicted. Hey, that's better than the Wiz usually do.
And this doesn't even take into account the many political stories involving Etan Thomas, but we'll hold off on that for another day. Suffice it to say, I'll be shocked if I don't see a headline involving "Wolves center" and "Al Franken" within the next year.
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