Astros pitcher gives souvenir ball to heckler with funny note
It wasn’t a good day on Thursday for Houston Astros pitching against the Oakland A’s, as they suffered a 13-1 drubbing at the hands of MLB’s best team. Wednesday wasn’t much better with 9 runs against the struggling Astros arms. On Wednesday, one Oakland A’s fan was giving it to the tattered remains of the Astros hurlers, in particular #60 Dallas Keuchel. Keuchel “thanked” the fan with a souvenir ball and a funny note (via @nickw888)
— Nick Wong (@nickw888) July 24, 2014
Like many Astros, Keuchel makes near the league minimum at just over $500K , despite being on the final ballot for the All-Star fan vote (9-6, 3.29 ERA). His salary…just over $3000 per game. To contrast that, fellow Arkansas Razorback alumnus Cliff Lee makes $17,146. Per inning (amortized over 162 games).
So for each of the 28K fans in attendance on Wednesday…10 cents per ticket went to Keuchel. And that was worth a priceless souvenir baseball.
Note that Keuchel did not start any games in this series.
– David Whitlock
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