Bastardo To Make Debut With Phillies; If Only Father Were Here To See It

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When Brett Myers' hip shattered like a graham cracker it left a hole in the Philly rotation that only a real bastardo could fill. And luckily they had one. The "hottest pitcher in the organization," Antonio Bastardo, is coming up and making his MLB debut tonight. Most recently a middle reliever for the Lehigh Iron Pigs, ¡El Bastardo! will face off against Jake Peavy, a guy who the Phillies may or may not be coveting. Intrigue!

(Bastardo) the righthander features a low-90s fastball, slider and change-up. Despite a brief conversion to the bullpen earlier this season, which the team saw as a potential strategy to address lefthander J.C. Romero's 50-game suspension for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances, the Phillies regard Bastardo as a starter.

"He's getting the chance to pitch in the big leagues," Manuel said. "Of course, his goal is to stay in the big leagues."

Well that and discovering the other half of his family tree. ¡Viva El Bastardo!


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I don't buy it. $20 says this is all a swerve and "Antonio Bastardo" is just the supposedly-hurt Brett Myers in a lucha libre mask.

Makes sense that a guy named Bastard is facing a team named the Fathers.

@MDT: I really hope they drop Brett Myers into the game from a rope tied to a helicopter.

His father is....
EL GENERALISSIMO

"He's getting the chance to pitch in the big leagues," Manuel said. "Of course, his goal is to stay in the big leagues."

Good, so he's like every single other pitcher that has ever played pro ball. Good to know.

Other insight, which may or may not be Bastardo-specific:
He's proud to wear his team's uniform.
This opportunity is a big thrill.
He is looking to show everyone what he can do.

@matt
I hope they don't test him for el Semen del Toro.

Wait, where did my star go?
Oops.. wrong site.

@HI - and he just wants to "give it his best shot and, good Lord willing, things'll work out."

BUT WHAT IS BASTARDO'S FAVORITE CRACKER PRODUCT?

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