05.27.08 9 years ago 9 Comments

Minor league pitcher John Odom was traded from the Calgary Vipers of the Golden Baseball League to the United League's Calgary Broncos in a deal that sent ten bats to the Vipers.  That's it.  Not even something sweet like vampire bats.  Ten baseball bats.

"They just wanted some bats, good bats – maple bats," Broncos general manager Jose Melendez said. According to the Prairie Sticks Web site, their maple bats retail for $69 each, discounted to $65.50 for purchases of six to 11 bats.

Six hundred and fifty bucks.  Dude, my life insurance company thinks I'm worth more.  And I've got leprosy. 

The Canadian team signed Odom about a month ago, but couldn't get the 26-year-old righty into the country. It seems Odom had a "minor" but unspecified criminal record that wasn't revealed to immigration officials before they scanned his passport… Odom said the charge stemmed from a fight when he was 17. Although he thought it had been expunged from his record, it popped up during immigration.

So he did something bad in one country and thought he'd gotten it cleared up, only to have it flare up again during immigration?  Sounds like my last trip to Bangkok.

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