Anthony works in a grocery store, but not for the Indians
Well, it appears I pulled a bit of a head-fake here. And it wasn’t even intentional. When I wrote the prompt below for someone to name the last Anthony to play for the Indians, I mistakenly assumed there was an Anthony who has played for the Indians.
Shortly after posting that item, I glanced down the Indians’ all-time roster to find — lo and behold — Anthony Reyes is the first. Unbelievable.
Bart Swain asked if Tonys — such as Tony Bernazard, Tony Curry, Tony Pena — should count, and answer is simple. No. No. A thousand times no. I hate the name Tony (apologies to all Tonys… or is it Tonies?) Tony has always struck me as the name of a plumber with greasy elbows (apologies to all plumbers… and all people with greasy elbows). I do not associate Anthonys with Tonys. We are separate entities entirely.
I turned to Bart and asked, “How could this be?” In their 107-year history, the Indians have had a Heinz, a Seabron, a Chico, a Coco, an Asdrubal, an Elmer, a Napoleon, a Barney, a Merten, an Ossee, a Bubba, a Tito and a Hoot, but never an Anthony?
Bart said, “If you think about it, there are very few Anthonys in baseball.”
“What are you trying to say?” I asked.
“It seems to me to be a general lack of talent,” he replied.
So thank you, Anthony Reyes. This is one for our side!