Tigers in Town
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Gonzo, CF; Iguchi, 2B; Thome, DH; PK, 1B; Dye, RF: Fields, 3B; Pods, LF; Uribe, SS; Hall, C. Contreras pitching.
After spending 14 hours at the ballpark yesterday, it sure was nice to win two.
Ozzie relayed this story about new reliever Ehren Wasserman.
Ozzie was in Venezuela last winter and saw that the winter ball team was using Ehren to do everything out of the pen, long man, set up, closer. It seemed like he was pitching every day with his funky motion.
Ozzie met him and found out Ehren, who was at Class AA Birmingham in 2006, also was from our organization.
"I’ll make sure you pitch in a game this spring," Guillen told him.
So this spring comes. Ozzie remembers his conversation but couldn’t recall the kid’s name (surprised?). And he sends Joey around the minor league fields looking for a smaller, right-handed guy who threw from down below.
Joey finds Ehren and they make sure he comes over to big league camp for a game.
Now, Ozzie laughed, just six months later he’s pitching in the big leagues.