After two dismal years from 2008 – 2009 in San Francisco, John Bowker was traded halfway through 2010 to the Pirates. Yes, just as the Giants were heading towards a World Series win, Bowker got dumped.
And while he still technically qualified for a ring, Bowker sat at home last October watching his old team win it all without him. That had to suck.
This year, Bowker spent a little time with the Pirates and a lot of time in the minors. A lifetime .237 hitter, even the lowly, fourth place Pirates finally decided they did not want him anymore. Bowker was designated for assignment on Thursday.
But then a miracle occurred. One day before the end of August with only a month left in the regular season, John Bowker won the lottery. And oddly enough, he has the Phillies to thank.
To recap, Bowker got sent away from a World Series-bound team in 2010, dumped by one of the worst teams in baseball in 2011 and now, by some weird act of God, he has landed a spot with a playoff-bound team, the Phillies.
Some guys have all the luck.
The Phillies apparently acquired Bowker as an extra left-hander off the bench. Why, I am not quite sure. Maybe they lost a bet? Or with all the success this year, perhaps they were in a charitable mood.
But seriously, Bowker had a nice run in Triple-A this year so I am sure the Phillies are hoping he can feed off that success and contribute to a World Series run.
So welcome to Philly, Mr. Bowker! You still cannot believe your luck, can you? Don’t worry; it will all sink in right about the beginning of October.
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