Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Bronson Arroyo, 2004 Boston Red Sox

Ever hear of him? Arroyo has great hair, a live arm, and he sported red socks in 2004. Y’see, the 2004 Red Sox…I don’t know if you’ve heard…won some sort of baseball-related contest that the city of Boston hasn’t bothered clamming up about for a number of years now. Personally, I’m not that interested in adding to the 2004 BoSox hagiography. I’m more interested in developing the Bronson Arroyo songbook. Did you know Arroyo was once traded for Wily Mo Pena? Did you know that Bronson Arroyo once admitted to using androstenedione and amphetamines? Did you know that Bronson Arroyo released an album of ‘90s alternative rock covers? Or how about: Did you know that Bronson Arroyo set a record in 2004? Before giving the world a much-needed acoustic version of “Plush,” Bronson punctuated his very good (121 ERA+, 1.22 WHIP) 2004 season by becoming the first pitcher to face fewer than 800 batters and chalk up 20 or more hit-by-pitches. Staring down just 764 batsmen over his 178.2 innings pitched, Arroyo plunked a league-leading twenty men. I suppose we can add “headhunter” to Arroyo’s interests, along with “baseball player,” “musical savant,” and “drug enthusiast.”

800- batters faced, 20+ HBP

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