who woulda thunk it, back when he couldn’t even hack it in low A ball (so most teams seemed to think), that he would later go on to break a 101 year old major league record.
and i just have to say, from my personal experience, his interaction w/the fans is tremendous. he doesn’t “big league” any of his fans; as one can tell from his efforts he puts into his blogging and answering fans’ Q’s, as well as if you ever meet him – he’s as generous and courteous with his time as any player i’ve ever seen. in spring training i remember him being pestered by a young fan for an autograph during the game while he sat in the bullpen; and he had to explain to the fan he wasn’t allowed to sign autographs during the game, but afterward he’d be sure to sign for him. well, Ziegler ended up being called in to finish up the game and pitch the final out. after hi-fiving his teammates, he came running back to the bullpen so he could find the kid, and gave him the autograph he said he would.
i wish those types of people all the success in the world. here’s to all kinds of crazy future success for you Ziggy!
Haha, Nick, that sounds like a Bill Braskey story from SNL. On a more serious note, his success so far is a tremendous story and he is definitely the kind of guy that all people can/will root for, even if he’s not on your team. I’m a Phillies fan and have Chris Coste and it feels the same way.
Kudos to Billy Beane’s As for drafting Ziggy, then re-signing him after he fell from grace. Makes me feel better about their recent trades: Harden-Gauden for Sean Gallagher et. al., and Blanton for prospects. (In fact, I’d go so far as to say that their first trade allowed their second, just as almost everything they do is “set up” by something that happened before.)