Congratulations if you had San Diego Padres infielder Erick Aybar as the next man up in your Position-Players-PitchingPool (note: if such a pool exists, please contact me with details immediately).
On Tuesday night, the 33-year-old veteran toed the rubber in an MLB game for the first time, throwing some mid-sixties meatballs to Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Chris Hermann in the ninth inning of Arizona’s 11-2 shellacking of San Diego. Watch as Aybar can’t help but smile as a former teammate cracks up in the other dugout:
This must be a rite of passage (and a damn good one) for utilitymen in their thirties as just last week Cleveland Indians 34-year-old infielder Michael Martinez got his first pitching opportunity. Martinez threw a clean ninth inning, allowing just one hit in his debut.