OK, so Clay Zavada(notes) (right) has some work to do before his ‘stache becomes Rollie Fingers-worthy. But his obvious sense of style and reverence for history cannot be ignored, especially considering Zavada’s unlikely climb to the majors, christened with a victory in his first big-league appearance on Thursday night. Part of Zavada’s astounding rise was told in a New York Times article this past December. Zavada has overcome a few obstacles, to say the least, in reaching the majors.
• He grew up in a burned-out small town in central Illinois with his top college option being a Div. II program — Southern Illinois-Edwardsville.
• A 30th-round pick of the D-backs in ’06, Zavada played a season in rookie ball before his father died of a heart attack later that year. Responsible for maintaining his family’s property, which includes farmland, Zavada stayed home and failed to report for spring training in ’07. The D-backs terminated his contract after losing contact with him. –Yahoo
You gotta love the throwback stache..Is he a novelty or a real pitcher. We’ll find out soon enough. -TO