I heard a rumor the other day that caught my attention. Not sure as to the veracity, but here’s the gist. The El Paso Chihuahuas are the San Diego Padres AAA team. One of their backup infielders is Guglielmo H. Espinosa (I’m checking his heritage to see if there is a familial connection to The Danny). Anyhow, he’s batting .172 currently in ST camp in the Cactus League. Last week he belted 3 HRs in one game, so Mike Rizzo calls his scout who is out in AZ now and asks him to go check the guy out. A couple days of silence follow. Then four days later the scout walks into Rizzo’s office in DC, and there’s a little Chihuahua peeking out of his coat pocket! Mike says “what’s the ____ is this?” The scout’s response supposedly went something like this: “Well this Espinosa guy didn’t show me much. He’s leading the team in Ks at the plate, always swings at the first pitch, etc, etc (sound familiar?). But I got a brilliant PR idea about the Nats adding a little chihuahua to the Presidents Race and training him to nip at Teddy’s heels so Teddy has a shot at winning once in a while! Whaddya think boss?”
p.s. Single game tickets for the Chihuahuas’ first season went on sale yesterday. To learn more about the story behind their mascot, click here.