There was just one game played in the Midwest League last night.
But, the interesting story from the Dayton Daily News this morning is this one.
That he’s still surfing is perhaps what earns pitcher Chad Rogers the most respect from his Dayton Dragons teammates.
Then there are the scars on his right foot, including bite marks, which he shows upon request.
“Just hearing the story — he’s awesome,” infielder Frank Pfister decided. “He’s going to be successful because he’s got the right mentality. If you survived getting bit by a shark, you can handle the Midwest League, right?”
Rogers indeed joined the Dragons on Tuesday from extended spring training in Goodyear, Ariz., with quite a story to tell. A 28th-round draft pick of the Cincinnati Reds last June, the right-handed reliever missed what would have been his first pro season in 2010 because a 5-foot bull shark took a chunk out of his foot while he was surfing in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Galveston, Texas, his hometown.
“Wrong place, wrong time, man,” Rogers said before the Dragons beat Bowling Green 7-2 for their third straight win. “I got drafted and bit by a shark in the same month. What are the odds?
“I’m just fortunate to actually be here right now.”
Seated at his locker, Rogers pulled off his sock to reveal a wound on the side of his right foot that required 60 stitches and marks from the shark’s teeth on his toes that serve as gruesome reminders of a horrifying experience.
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