Prepare yourself for a tale of a man who had so much promise yet so little success. This legend has intrigue, pitfalls, triumphs, drama, and defeat. The main character of this melancholy story is Eric Bullock, a lad who was drafted not once, not twice, but three times. You may be saying to yourself, "I don't recall Eric Bullock, he must be insignificant". Oh my friend, you couldn't be more wrong. See Bullock is a rare specimen, one of only a handful of players to ever be drafted three times (first by the Dodgers in the 18th round in 1978, then by the Padres in the 1st round in the January draft of 1981, finally settling with the Astros in the 1st round of the June draft of '81). Obviously highly regarded and sought after, but I have no freakin' clue why!
Breaking News- Eric Bullock sucked! When the position on your baseball card reads "Pinch Hitter" that's layman's terms for "Waste of Roster Space". He played 7 seasons with 4 different clubs (Astros, Twins, Phillies, and Expos), twice going hitless in a season, and totaling only 30 MLB hits...and dude wasn't even a pitcher. Nope, this big tout little clout poop popsicle was an outfielder, and before you even wonder- No, he sucked at that too (making an error every 10 chances). His lifetime line: .205 avg, 1 hr, 13 r, 12 rbi, 9 sb, and a face souring .536 OPS...so remind me again why he was drafted 3 times please. He was talentless and he was a Phillie ('89, one of his fantastic zero hit seasons), which falls in line with many after him like Danny Sandoval, Chris Roberson, and Rob Ducey just to name a few. I haven't seen something so painful and gut wrenchingly sad at the same time that it's actually comical since Pee Wee's Big Adventure.
Maybe if he would have focused his efforts solely on baseball he could have found his niche and made millions. Instead he dabbled in the rap game with some dude named Rakim...don't sweat the technique.
I was a bit shocked yesterday when I heard the news of Ryan Howard winning the arbitration hearing. After all, awarding $10 million to a 1st year eligible player is a record, but then again Ryan Howard seems to be always setting records so it seems fitting. I'm happy for Ryan, he deserves it. However, I'm sad for the Phillies because this almost certainly places Howard out of their self-imposed salary cap and means that he'll most likely be traded to an AL club in about 3 years that offers him an extension worth close to $20 million per season (aka- BoSox or Yanks). My message to Phillies fans in the aftermath of this arbitration case- Enjoy Ryan Howard while you can.