April 27, 2000. On a Thursday afternoon getaway day, the Mets were set to face off against the Cincinnati Reds in the rubber game of a three game series. Steve Parris would toe the rubber for the Reds, and the Mets would send lefty Glendon Rusch to the hill in front of the “B” squad.
Soon-to-be eight-year-old Joe Vasile sat down in the loge section along the third base line to take in his first live baseball game ever.
Maybe that’s why I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for the soft-tossing lefty. Maybe that’s not it at all. Maybe it’s best described by this series of tweets from NBC baseball scribe Craig Calcaterra:
.@GlendonRusch is now following me on Twitter. This makes me very happy. Because for reasons hard to explain, I always wanted to be him.
— Craig Calcaterra (@craigcalcaterra) April 8, 2014
Maybe not @GlendonRusch specifically. But if I could never be Randy Johnson, I wanted to be a guy like Glendon Rusch. A pro. A battler. — Craig Calcaterra (@craigcalcater...