Let's kick it back to '89 where Chuck McElroy and Todd Frohwirth chucked some pitches back on the Vet's mound. Chuck McElroy was a rookie in 1989 for the Phils and sported an ERA of 1.74, albeit 10 innings. He wasn't a Phillie all but a handful of games the following season before making a career out of being a left-handed reliever. Chuck kept it old school gansta though, with those Run DMC specs. Seriously, look at the pic and tell me that Chuck didn't moonlight as a member of Run DMC.You know he likes to chill out, smoke a blunt, drink a 40 of Olde E, eat some KFC while listening to some George Clinton and the P-Funk All-Stars. Chuck gave the Phillies a much needed infusion of soul back in the day, a tradition that is being carried on by J-Roll and Ryan Howard on today's version of the Phils.
Todd Frohwirth was the anti-soul brotha. He tried to be McElroy's homeboy, swearing that the "Fro" in his name made him a quarter black, but McElroy knew better. Frohwirth even tried to speak gansta, saying his last name was actually to be "Throw-worth" but he chose to pronounce it with a bit of funk. Still Chuck didn't buy into this obvious identity crisis, and told Todd he was simply "white and nerdy" and more white than a fluorescent light. Truth is, you know Todd lives in his momma's basement playing with his Star Wars figurines, waxing poetic about Dungeons and Dragons strategies while listening to Stephen Hawking's biography on tape. But through all his struggles to fit in, Todd had a fine year in '89, racking up a little over 60 innings pitched and a 3.59 ERA.
"They see me strollin'. They laughin', and rollin' their eyes 'cause, I'm so white n' nerdy. Just because I'm white n' nerdy. Just because I'm white n' nerdy. All because I'm white n' nerdy. Holy cow I'm white n' nerdy. I wanna bowl with the gangsters. But oh well it's obvious I'm white n' nerdy. Think I'm just too white n' nerdy. Think I'm just too white n' nerdy. I'm just too white n' nerdy. Look at me I'm white n' nerdy!" (Weird Al- White n' Nerdy)
P.S. If you were offended by my stereotypical comments, then you totally missed the joke/concept.