Sunday, May 20, 2012
On this day in 1963, David Wells was born.
The mistake that was David Wells on the Chicago White Sox cannot be understated. It was a disaster. The White Sox thought they were getting the twenty game winner from the Toronto Blue Jays that was only a few seasons removed from a perfect game. The Jays thought they were getting a high caliber pitcher in return for the 2001 season. What happened on both sides is the fuel for the darkest nightmares.
Mike Sirotka, who was traded to the Blue Jays in the deal, never pitched in the majors again because of a bum shoulder, which Toronto accused the Sox of knowing before the trade. The Sox got an overweight pitcher with a bad back and a 5-7 record, which was his worst record since 1994 with the Detroit Tigers. Adding insult to injury, Boomer left through free agency after the 2001 season and bounced back. He agreed to a contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks, but signed with the New York Yankees... and went 19-7 for the 2002 season. The less remembered about David's season with the White Sox the better.