There's nothing like a spring debut from a hot rookie pitcher, whether he's a lefty from Cuba or a righty from California.
I'm working on the cover story for the magazine at the moment. "Where are they now?" notes that might not make it into the story:
- In 2005, the Lugnuts' first general manager, Gillian Zucker, became the first female president of a track that hosts a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event. She currently presides over Auto Club Speedway, located between Los Angeles and Palm Springs.
- Brian Poldberg, the Lugnuts' first manager, is still in the Kansas City Royals system, skippering the Northwest Arkansas Naturals the past two seasons.
- Mike Vander Wood, the Lugnuts' first radio broadcaster, is now the voice of the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees.