Saturday, February 17, 2007

Phillies pick up polydactlyly pitcher


He looks like a modern-day giant. He's 6 feet 5, wide-bodied and tips the scales at 250-plus. His head is the size of a large pumpkin, his 1970-ish afro is big and his long goatee adds intimidation.

Of course, what this Goliath is known best for is the extra finger on each hand, which you could say makes new Phillies reliever Antonio Alfonseca twice the man as Hall of Fame pitcher Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown.

The Dominican-born right-hander, who also has six toes on each foot, isn't the least bit embarrassed about his rare condition known as polydactyly. His grandfather had it, too, and quite frankly, he's proud of who he is and what he has.

“People want to see it,” Alfonseca said after working out with the Phillies for the first time the other day. “It doesn't bother me. Jesus gave this to me, so what can I do? I gotta take it.”


Cindy Thomson said...

Twice the pitcher Mordecai Brown was? Hardly!


Todd said...

Thanks for including this link Cindy. I've just spent a few minutes checking out the site. Clearly if the writer of the article had been more familiar with Mordecai he would've chosen his words more carefully!