And so, the Nationals traded Kurt Suzuki back to the A's today for 22-year old minor league pitcher Dakota Bacus. Just another minor league pitcher, right?
Wrong. Bacus has an alter ego, "The Whitewall Ninja," which he developed during his time with the A's single-A affiliate Beloit Snappers this year. Basically, he tried to hide on the field during games by dressing in white to blend in with the outfield signage. (Photo above via MiLB.com). More via an interview with Bacus from July on MiLB.com:
MiLB.com: The Whitewall Ninja is a most mysterious character. Can you give me a little background regarding who he is and what he does?
Dakota Bacus: We got a little insight one day from
our pitching coordinator about something that his buddy did back in the
day, going out along the wall and blending in with the signs. The goal
was to see how far he could get out there before being caught by any of
the umpires. So now we have a Whitewall Ninja who does that as well. Th...