Monday, October 29, 2012

Bro of the Week: Ryan Theriot

By Adam Maher (@ArtoMar1)

Last night when Ryan Theriot scored the World Series-clinching run to complete the San Francisco Giants' four-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers in the bottom of the tenth inning, the sportz world rejoiced, relapsed, smiled, and threw up all at the exact same time.

After winning a National Championship with LSU in 2000, Theriot was drafted by the Cubs and made his MLB debut in 2005. In 2010, Theriot and the Cubs took his contract into arbitration. It was the first time the Cubs had done so with a player since 1993. Months later, Theriot was traded to the Dodgers, when he finally ended up with the Cardinals in 2011...

He finished his contract in St. Louis, which resulted in a World Series title, murdering the game to excellence with his bat all throughout the 2011 playoffs. When his contract expired, he signed with the Giants this January and locked up a spot on the postseason roster. Last night, he acted as designated hitter for the first time in his career. He got on base in the 10th, and the rest is history.

Theriot is a thoroughbred, bare-knuckled, hard-nosed, punch-you-in-the-face-in-front-of-your-grandpa-but-not-your-grandma type of ball player. He's a hometown hero, with three kids, a wife and an insane baseball career. And now, with his contract ending next month, he's the only MLB player alive to actually have a chance to win the World Series three years in a row.


Coming into this series, most experts thought the Giants had little chance to beat the triple-crown bearing, Prince-yielding, Verlander-heaving, Jhonny on the spot Coke-boy Detroit Tigers. And they can make their excuses about waiting too long between series. After all, they did demolish the Yankees in the ALCS via sweep, which led to a five-day hiatus of baseball. That's kind of a big deal when you go six months not going more than two days without playing. And maybe you could chalk it up to poor management from Jim Leyland. But what Theriot represents is so much more than that. He represents the little guy. The guy who's getting paid literally 1/29th of what the MLB's highest paid players are making (one of which happens to be on Detroit). And that's what the entire Giants franchise is made up of. In fact, if you add up the entire SF Giants' starting line-up's salaries, excluding pitching, you won't even come close to how much Prince Fielder makes in a year! (Ah-hem, $23 million). Seriously, Pagan made about 5 million this year, Pablo Sandoval - the World Series MVP - made $3.5MM this year. Buster Posey made $616K for Christ's sake!

So this Bro of the Day goes out to Ryan Theriot. Who's repping the little broz in the big leagues, and is living proof that you can never quit on your dreams, no matter how much money the Yankees waste on Alex Rodriguez.

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