Since writing Ryan Freel’s Excellent Adventure on Tuesday, I have been unable to shake the urge to write a similar piece on Joey Gathright. If I was staying true to the timeline, Gathright would have had the Excellent Adventure and Freel the Bogus Journey. After all EA came out in 1989 and BJ didn’t grace the big screen until 1991 and of course Joey G was a Royal before Mr. Freel.
When Gathright appeared in Freel’s timeline, in true six degrees of separation fashion, I couldn’t resist providing a sequel. Although the timeline consists of fewer “events” it has an ending worthy of Hollywood.
On December 13th, 2008 the Royals non-tendered Joey Gathright, and I shed a single tear. I don’t know why, but for some reason I wanted him to remain a part of the team. I know there is no logical reasoning for my feelings, although in hindsight, perhaps it is because I knew we would be subjected to Ryan Freel, Josh Anderson, Mitch Maier, Willie Bloomquist, etc. roaming CF in 2009. Maier has recently shown some nice ability, but he was pretty dreadful early on. Regardless of my reasons, and we all have players we irrationally love or hate, the realist in me knows that Joey would not have fared much better this year, although perhaps we’d still have Ramon Ramirez and not Coco Crisp.
Speaking of Ramon Ramirez, last night he joined J.P. Howell and Leo Nunez in relinquishing leads for their respective teams. It was like they were collectively channeling the Royals. I was watching the Red Sox v. Rays game. I witnessed Ram-Ram and J.P. live, and I was mildly amused to watch them both falter. After I caught highlights of the Marlins game, I couldn’t suppress what I can only describe as a perfectly pure chuckle. Maybe a chortle? What are the odds all three of them would pitch on the same day, let alone blow leads? Jeremy Affeldt also pitched yesterday, but he apparently has purged himself completely of the Royals taint, and threw a nice clean inning.
Anyway back to Gathright’s Bogus Journey.
Just 3 days later, on December 16th, the Chicago Cubs signed Joey to a 1-year contract.
On May 8th, he was going to be demoted to Triple-A Iowa so Randy Wells could join the club and start a game. Instead he ended up being traded to Baltimore for Ryan Freel. The world truly works in mysterious ways.
On August 29th, the Boston Red Sox acquired Gathright from the Orioles. Baltimore received a player to be named later or cash. He was then sent to Triple-A Pawtucket.
On September 1st, he got called up from Pawtucket and joined the Red Sox.
On September 2nd, he made his Red Sox debut as a pinch runner for David Ortiz in the 8th inning. He stole a base off of Randy Choate. After a brief relief appearance by Grant Balfour that consisted of 2 walks, J.P. Howell came into the game. He uncorked a wild pitch which allowed …
Joey Gathright to score.
Now I have the urge to rent a couple movies, it has been a while since I have enjoyed Bill S. Preston Esq.