Wednesday, March 21, 2012

March 21

2005 Upper Deck Firtst Pitch #302 - Jeff Bajenaru

On this day in 1978, Jeff Bajenaru was born.

Jeff was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the thirty-sixth round of the 1999 draft. By some miracle, Bajenaru made his MLB debut with the Sox on September 4, 2004. Thirty-sixth rounders don't typically make it to the big leagues, so Sox fans were witnessing something special. What defied the odds even more, was that Jeff was injured in 2002 and did not play at all, due to Tommy John surgery.

After briefly appearing in 2004, Bajenaru appeared in an even briefer four games in 2005, earning himself a World Series ring in the process. Not bad for someone who wasn't even on the postseason roster. Before the 2006 season, Jeff was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Alex Cintron.

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