Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Another 707 Grad Back In The Show

Every once in a while, someone asks me if I know what's happened to 1993 Cardinal Newman grad, Joe Dillon. He surfaced today as an infield replacement for injured Tampa Bay Rays Aki Iwamura (2B) and Jason Bartlett (SS). 

Joe hit a school record 33 home runs at Texas Tech in 1997 and was drafted by the Kansas City Royals.  Tampa Bay is Dillon's 6th MLB organization.  He had a few brief stints in The Show with the Marlins and the Brewers.  He had a spring training invite from the A's this year, started out well, and was later traded to the Tampa Bay Rays as part of the Adam Kennedy deal. He also played on the 2005 Caribbean World Series Champion Mazatlan Venados... with PTowner Jonny Gomes.   Haven't met Joe, but I've always wondered if his Dad is the Joe Dillon I worked for at Fireman's Fund a little over ten years ago. 

Make the most of the opportunity Joe. 

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