TEMPE, Ariz. When Wilson Valdez says, "I'll play anywhere," he sounds like that old Hank SnowWillie Nelson song: "I've Been Everywhere."
On a baseball field, Valdez has been everywhere. When you ask most players what they play, they answer with pitcher or catcher or infielder or outfielder.
You ask Valdez what he play and he says, "Baseball." And he means it. By trade he was signed as a shortstop, but he has also played second base, third base and all three outfield spots.
And that's not all. You want him to pitch? He'll do that, too, and did it.
Last May 25, the Cincinnati Reds and Philadelphia Phillies played a game deep into the night, long after the beer vendors went home from Citizens Bank Ball Park.
Valdez started the game at second base but by the time the 19th inning rolled around Phillies manager Charlie Manuel's bullpen cupboard was as bare as Old Mother Hubbard's kitchen cupboard.
Who do you call? Wilson Valdez. He pitched a scoreless 19th and the Phillies scored a...