Monday, February 8, 2010

Notable Former Players: Izzy Alcántara

Over the years there have been quite a few notable players to don the orange and green of the Lions. One such player was Israel Cristostomo "Izzy" Alcántara. 

His best years were spent in the major leagues with the Boston Red Sox and Milwaukee Brewers. In 2002, his second and final season as a Red Sox player, he was benched by his manager for not appearing to hustle. The following season he was signed by the Brewers but only came up to the plate 32 times. Izzy spent the 2003 and 2004 seasons playing in Korea before finally ending up as a Lion for a part of the 2005 season. According to his wikipedia entry, Izzy was "released for reasons never fully explained by the management" (this is not an uncommon occurrence for foreign players over here).

On the surface Izzy Alcántara was not one of the more spectacular players to roll through these parts. But, despite his underwhelming MLB career, there is a good chance you've seen at least a few seconds of him on tv. While playing for Boston's AAA team in Pawtucket in 2001, Izzy took offence at a (second) brush back pitch that was thrown at him by the Pawtucket pitcher. This is what happened next: (I apologize for the poor video quality)

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