February 24, 2007

WHO DIDN'T WEAR A 7 3/8THs WHEN THEY WERE A BABY?:

Nats' Fruto Is 'a Baby With a Big Arm' (Barry Svrluga, 2/24/07, Washington Post)

Every year at every baseball training site from Florida to Arizona, someone appears as a potential spring fling, a dance partner who instantly merits a second or third date. He dazzles at introductions, teases with his talent, makes the men who run baseball clubs wonder if he could be part of a long-term relationship.

Such is the case with one Emiliano Fruto, or, as he was known to his former teammates in Seattle, "Cabeza Grande," what with his 7 3/8 -inch hat that only partially covers a massive forehead. But here, at the Washington Nationals' camp, it isn't Fruto's head or his legendary ability to juggle a soccer ball or the fact that he can outrun most of his fellow pitchers in a sprint that has folks intrigued. It is simply what caught the eye of Bob Boone, the club's director of player development, during a scouting trip last year.

"He's a baby," Boone said, "with a big arm."

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 24, 2007 9:15 AM
Comments

What *is* your hat size, anyway?

Posted by: Bryan at February 24, 2007 10:18 AM

A dainty 8.

Posted by: oj at February 24, 2007 10:46 AM

And I thought at 7 3/4 I had a big head.

Posted by: H.D. Miller at February 24, 2007 11:14 AM

7 3/8 is hardly big. I wear a size larger, and we all saw the pic that oj posted of me swimming in the Sawx cap he won off me last season.

"legendary ability to juggle a soccer ball":

Ah. A real athlete.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at February 24, 2007 1:59 PM
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