Name: Alfonso Soriano
Date of Birth: 1/7/1976
Hometown: San Pedro de Macoris, DR
Position: Left Field
Marital Status: Married
Hotness Factor: 5.0
Fonzie, Alfie, the Little Hopper. With a guy like this where exactly
do you start? His ginormous contract? The little hop that amuses
and annoys? That dazzling white smile?
Soriano skipped the traditional path of getting sbouted, drafted or
signed to a minor league deal and instead signed with the Hiroshima
Carp. While his time in Japan is fairly well known Soriano actually
only played 9 games with the varsity team, and signing after a year
with the Yankees in 1998. In 1999 he got his first hit, a game-winning
home run. That alone could have been the Disney movie, but Soriano
wasn’t done yet. The Yankees eventually traded him to Texas in one of
the biggest and most controversial deals, wherein the Yankees got Alex
Rodriguez and Soriano went off to play second base in Texas. Strangely
neither player actually plays second anymore.
After a few years in Texas Soriano was traded again, to the Nationals
where he was unwillingly moved to outfield. Robinson wrote Soriano
into the lineup, Soriano refused, there was a 2 day staredown ending
with the Nationals threatening to put him on the disqualified list,
meaning no money, and no credit for playing time aka, no free agency at
the end of the season. Basically he was blackmailed into playing left,
but I guess I can’t really blame the Nationals.
a few months and $136 million dollars later one Mr. Alfonso Soriano became a Chicago Cub.
With the Cubs Soriano has unfortunately settled into a pattern of
having a slow start. Although the current .224 BA is making me long
for the .260 days. The good news is he usually end the season with
good numbers so here’s hoping that the rest of the season is spent
making up for the first 2 months. If the Cubs are looking for a third
baseman Soriano did play there as a kid, so I say try it out for a game
And if that doesn’t work just start smiling at the plate Fonzie, that
smile will blind the pitcher and your on base percentage will skyrocket
with all those walks.