While the Indians battle their way through an impressive 7 game losing streak, I figure there's no better time to take a look into the (hopefully) bright future of the Tribe. One pitching prospect in particular, Oneli Perez, is garnering a lot of attention as of late. He's a young right-handed relief pitcher, acquired from the White Sox, who features a nasty sinker-ball and won "Pitcher of the Year" in the Dominican Winter League. Perez looks to be a quality major league arm and could be a nice addition to Cleveland's dilapidated bullpen.
Oh yeah, and he has 12 fingers.
Yep, that's right, 6 digits on each hand! Personally, I find this to be extremely exciting news-- its not too often Cleveland fans are able to head to the ole' ballpark and cheer for a "man monster" on the mound. He's currently in Triple-A Buffalo but the way the Indians are playing this season he could get promoted to Cleveland sooner than later. Man, I just can't wait for "Oneli Perez Night" at Insurance Company Field -- attachable latex fingers for all kids under 12!
After learning about our future six fingered pitcher I decided to poke around the current roster and overall history of the Indians to see if some other players had any known physical abnormalities. What I found was pretty fascinating:
--Pitcher Aaron Laffey is double-jointed from the waist up.
--Outfielder Franklin Gutierrez has a death allergy to graham crackers
--Former Indians third baseman Travis Fryman was born with two necks
--Outfielder David Dellucci is actually a well-tanned albino
--Because of a rare heart condition, if Ryan Garko runs at a speed over 4 mph he will transport back in time 5 minutes
--At the age of nine, Indians manager Eric Wedge was involved in a vicious car accident where he sprained both wrists, broke 2 ribs and lost his sense of humor
--Former Indians pitcher Chad Ogea learned to pitch the same way Henry Rowengartner did
--Jim Thome has a baby dick
--Former Indians second baseman Shawn Dunston had the ability levitate 2 inches off the ground, much like street magician David Blaine does
--According to the Cleveland Indians media guide, Casey Blake hasn't moved his bowels in over 2 and a half years