CLEVELAND -- Roberto Hernandez put his head down, then slowly and quietly answered very simply on Sunday.
No, he said, sounding near embarrassed.
Was it all worth it to Hernandez, the Cleveland Indians pitcher once known as Fausto Carmona. Was it worth the public embarrassment for the six years in the major leagues and the 14 milllion in salary he had been paid?
Hernandez said no, it was not worth taking a new identity and a new age, not worth going to jail and having his story relayed to the world.
But thats what Hernandez did in the year 2000 when he signed with the Indians.
Then, Hernandez took the name and identity of Fausto Carmona, a man Hernandez said is a distant relative. He told the Indians he was 17 when he really was 20. For kids coming out of the dirt poor Dominican Republic, those years can mean a significant difference in money.
He just wanted to sign, his translator Charisse Dash said, relaying Carmonas words. If not (for the identy and age change) he wasnt going to ...