How could bringing the Can back be worse than making the baseball equivalent of Sanjaya a shot?
5) Oil Can is healthier than Mike Hampton. At this point I think Stephen Hawking is healthier than Mike Hampton!
6) Oil Can's hero is Satchel Paige. The fact that Paige was only one year younger than Oil Can is now when he made his debut with the Indians is part of Oil Can's inspiration. And playing a game of Six Degrees of Separation would bring a lot of today's players closer to Satchel.
Satchel started pitching in the 1920s and dominated through the 1930s and early 1940s. He was denied the chance to stare down Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Mel Ott and all of the other stars at that time.
He was brought out of retirement in 1965 to pitch a game on the last home stand of the year for the Kansas City A's. Despite being 58 at the time, he pitched three scoreless innings against the Red Sox... letting up only one hit: A double to Carl Yastrzemski.
When Yastrzemski, the last major leaguer to get a hit off of Paige, retired in 1983, one of his teammates was Oil Can Boyd.
That's a pretty short connection. Let's have that connection continue to today's players!
7) Wouldn't Oil Can getting one more shot be a welcome relief from all of this steroid talk? Wouldn't it be great to bring back a guy who loved the game and was one of the great characters... at least to give him a shot!
So come on! There are 30 teams out there and ALL of them need another arm.