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Cincinnati Reds pitcher Chad Rogers is vying for a spot with the big club this spring, after posting impressive numbers throughout the minor league ranks. However, the 24-year old claim to fame may have nothing to do with baseball, after surviving a bull shark attack while surfing off the coast of Galveston, Texas following the 2010 MLB amateur draft.
Rogers recalled the terrifying attack: ”It started out as a beach day. I was surfing for about 30 minutes with my buddy when I felt something grab my foot, I pulled my foot up and it let go. I pulled my hand and feet out of the water. I heard my buddy yell over to me that there was a shark; I yelled back that I already found out the hard way. The shark swam in front of me before it swam away. I started paddling back to shore and my buddies help me get to the hospital. I received 60 stitches in my right foot, which delayed my career for about a year (rookie ball for 2010).”
If the near-death shark attack wasn’t enough, Rogers chanced his fate a week after the incident venturing onto the waters fishing with a friend.
“You know about a week after I got attacked, I went fishing out in Galveston Bay with my friend. Well he forgot to put the plug-in the boat and we were taking on a lot of water. I had to get on high ground on the boat to keep my foot from getting wet while they we getting water out the boat. Needless to say, everyone was talking about how I was bad luck out in water – We didn’t catch many fish that night.”
Since recovering from the attack Rogers has accelerated through the Reds minor league system and is hopeful of making the Reds squad out of spring training. Last season Rogers compiled an impressive 3.21 earned run average in 25 starts between Double and Triple A for the Reds minor league affiliates.
“Goals for spring training is to stay healthy and get ready for the season – My ultimate goal is to get to the big-leagues and stay there. Basically they have indicated I could be a reliever or a starter so the doors are open for anything to happen.”
The young hurler will look to feed off the veteran presence at the Reds spring training learning from veterans like Joey Votto among others. ”I have had a chance to talk to him. He is a great guy and is all about business; any time you get a chance to talk to a guy like that you have a chance to learn something.”
Rogers may be borderline “crazy,” as he still surfs to this day refusing to give up the sport he loves; ”Maybe a little crazy, maybe just passionate about surfing. I grew up near the water; I wasn’t going to let the shark attack keep me from something I love. So yes, I am back in the water. As soon as I was given the clear to swim again I was back out there.”
Rogers credits the incident with giving him a suitcase full of shark related nicknames for his teammates to coin: ”Sharky, Shark Bait, Chum, and Chummy, basically anything related to Finding Nemo or a shark.
Rogers passed on a couple of photos from the gruesome shark attack:
Rogers is poised to impress the Reds’ brain-trust this spring and ready to take a bite out of the MLB competition with surfboard in hand.
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