Rudy Seanez - Beck's Dark
A few weeks ago I popped into Westy's Beverage in Mechanicsburg (great store, if you are so inclined) and while perusing the aisles I came across a case of Beck's Dark for $9.99. I scooped it into my arms and ran like a little girl through a field of daisies to the front counter. The salesman informed me that the beer had been on the shelf too long and it needed to be sold. "Fine with me," I said, knowing that unless that beer had been on the shelf since the Carter administration, it would taste fine.
I was even more assured of my buy when I read the bottle - "Best if used by Nov 08." Sweet. Needless to say, they taste just fine. And they taste just a little better since I got them on the cheap from the unwanted bin. I bet Pat Gillick has a similar feeling when he watches Rudy Seanez pitch.
Seanez has pitched for 8 organizations in the last eights years (BOS and SD twice...) and while he hasn't been great, he hasn't been Brian Sanches either. His 3.79 ERA with LA last year doesn't look great, but when you consider that he did pitch in over 70 games, only 2 pitchers in last year's Phillies bullpen had lower ERAs, and he's only making $400K, he looks like a significant upgrade at a bargain price.
So here's to Rudy Seanez, the too-old, real-cheap, quality reliever.