Friday, July 2, 2010

Wandy is a funny name

There was a time that Wandy Rodriguez wasn't really Wandy at all. He was Eny Cabreja. Acording to Wikipedia, when Rodriguez was scouted by the Astros in 1998, Rodriguez pretended his name was Eny Cabreja and that he was 17 years old. He had convinced a friend to let him borrow his identity. The real Cabreja was born on August 18, 1981 while Wandy was born on August 18, 1979. Wandy lived under the name Eny Cabreja until 2002, when he admitted to the Astros that he was really Wandy Fulton Rodriguez and that he wasn't really 21 but 23.

A common practice amongst Dominican ball players, MLB has attempted to put safeguards in place to stop the players from using other's identities. Check out the movie, Sugar for an interesting behind the scenes look at Latin American ballplayers.  

On Wednesday afternoon, the Brewers had a similarly dificult time identifying Wandy's pitches. Rodriguez gave up one run over seven innings to stake the Astros to a 5-1 victory. With the win, the Astros took two of three games from the Brewers. The Brewers went 6-3 for the homestand.

Astros 5, Brewers 1
Game played 6-30-10 

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