Our Million Dollar Arm friends Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel are all growed up and finally ready for their second star turn: appearing in real live single-A games in sunny Manatee County, Florida! It's the dream of every young boy in Mumbai, to win a million-dollar television reality show in which they compete in a game they've never heard of just for the chance to compete athletically in front of trailer trash halfway around the world. It's all finally coming true:
Now, after a busy year crowded with TV show appearances, basic baseball instruction, fitness workouts, constant throwing and adjusting to a pro athlete's life in a new country, they are about to take the mound for the Bradenton Pirates of the rookie-level Gulf Coast League.
"It's going to be fun," Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said.
Pirates director of player development Kyle Stark said Tuesday the two pitchers are likely to see game action this week, although the Bradenton pitchers have been set back by several recent rainouts.
Rinku hinted that this moment was coming in his most recent blog, which has been pretty quiet for the past couple of months while the duo trained, pitched simulated games, made some friends and tried to figure out what all this bizarre talking machinery nonsense is about.
The blog silence will be forgiven if our boys can do well for the GCL Pirates, who will play a split squad doubleheader against the Tigers tomorrow. But really, we're all still waiting to find out what happened to Rinku's dad's truck.
(Courtesy of the WHYG,AVS Twitter feed)