Wednesday, February 21, 2007

The Guapster

Like everyone, I was a huge fan of El Guapo, Rich Garces. My friend and I always called him Fat Garces and it just seemed to sound right. “Hey, Fat Garces is coming in!” We kept calling him that after his nickname of El Guapo took New England by storm. Unfortunately, he burnt out after some overuse (really, more than a few pitches for a guy his size is overuse). But now he’s back and pitching! Deadspin has a great take on this.

If he pitches well and the Sox bullpen needs another arm, this would be a fun side story for the 2007 season. I’d love to be in Fenway when he walks out of the bullpen doors for the first time in years. Hell, Fenway would go crazy as soon as he started warming up in the bullpen. Signing Garces won’t sell any tickets since they’re sold out anyway, but it would probably sell jerseys and it would definitely create a buzz.

No, I’m not going to put his stats on here because he hasn’t pitched in MLB since the Grady Little era and his old stats are irrelevant to today, but all you need to know is that he was a top setup guy for at least 2 years.

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