Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Maybe they signed the wrong guy
$10,000,000 man Eric Gagne blew his second save of the year Tuesday night for the Brew Crew. Now, blown saves and reliever implosions happen all the time, so much that it'd be redundant for me to post them every night one occured. But what happened to this guy?
From 2002-2004 he converted 84 straight save chances! He started to unravel after being traded to the Red Sox in 07, when he allowed 14 earned runs in 14 innings (a 9.00 ERA) with three blown saves and an opponent batting average of over .350. This past off-season he was linked to use of human growth hormone in the Mitchell Report shortly after signing his lucrative deal with the Brewers, which also includes $1,000,000 in incentives.
Moral of the story: take HGH, make a ton of cash.
On an interesting side note, Gagne wore the second highest jersey number in Red Sox history, 83. JT Snow (number 84 in 2006) wore the highest.