Yesterday was not a good day in our house – my son was home from school for the day with a stomach virus. Blechh! As with most males, he was a terrible patient – moaning and groaning, telling me every few minutes how horrible he felt. Thankfully, today he felt much better, and is off to school.
Suffice it to say, I didn’t get much done yesterday.
So until I get my photos and information collected for my next stadium installment, I wanted to share one of my favorite photos from the past. As I go through my albums looking for photos to include in blog posts, sometimes I come across ones that I really like, but that don’t fit into any of my entries.
Such is the case with this one:
One of the reasons I like it is that you can see his tongue sticking out. Although that just seems like a way to end up with one of those freak injuries – “Pitcher Bites Tongue While Slipping On Wet Mound” or something similar.
Anyway, this is a shot from Spring Training 2007, of Adam Loewen, pitching for the Baltimore Orioles. Loewen was the Orioles’ top draft pick in 2002, and was a top pitching prospect in their system.
He pitched well in this particular game against the Minnesota Twins, giving up one run on two hits in four innings, while striking out four. Problems developed later that season, and he ended up having surgery to insert a pin in his pitching elbow to stabilize a stress fracture. He attempted to come back in 2008, but again suffered the same injury.
Loewen was released by the Orioles after the 2008 season, and was signed to a minor league contract by the Toronto Blue Jays. He has given up pitching, and is trying to make the transition to a position player. He is a non-roster invitee for the Jays this spring, as an outfielder.
I will be interested to follow his progress this season, to see if he is successful. Best of luck to you!
(Loewen photo mine)