April 11, 2005

WADDA YA' EXCPECT FROM A GROWN MAN NAMED BILLY:

BILLY BALL (CHRIS DE LUCA , 4/10/05, Chicago Sun-Times)

New Toronto Blue Jays reliever Scott Schoeneweis was sitting in the bullpen during a recent game against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays at Tropicana Field when a fan seated behind him started with the catcalls.

''I heard someone shout, 'Schoeneweis, you're a bum,''' the left-hander recalled. ''I thought, 'I can't believe they're calling me a bum here.'''

Schoeneweis turned around to find the fan was actually former White Sox teammate Billy Koch.

Koch, who had a bitter parting with the Blue Jays during spring training, was making good on a promise to return to the ballpark and root for the Devil Rays. Wearing a Devil Rays cap and a jersey with right fielder Aubrey Huff's name on the back, Koch, who lives nearby in Clearwater Beach, Fla., took a group of 240 schoolchildren to the game.

''Maybe [Rays GM Chuck LaMar] is up in the box and he'll see me and offer me a contract,'' said Koch, who saved 110 games for the Jays from 1999-2001 but insists he won't sign with another team because ''I'm going to make the Toronto Blue Jays pay every cent of my [$950,000] salary.''

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 11, 2005 12:56 PM
Comments

The White Sox trading Keith Folke to the A's for Billy Koch has to be one of the worst trades in recent memory, if not all time.

If Koch tries to show up at Sox Park to root against the BlueJays he better be wearing a serious disguise.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at April 11, 2005 8:40 PM

he won't sign with another team because ''I'm going to make the Toronto Blue Jays pay every cent of my [$950,000] salary.''


I love the baseball grudge.

Posted by: at April 12, 2005 10:13 AM
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