Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Wanger Makes History,
Remains Oblivious

Chien-Ming Wang battled through six innings and, aided by a timely Bobby Abreu grand slam, was able to improve to 4-0 on the season. The win was a milestone for Wang, the 50th of his career, and put him in good company.

It took Wang a mere 85 starts to gather 50 wins. The last starter to win 50 so quickly was Doc Gooden and the last Yankee was Ron Guidry - both of whom did so in 82 starts.

When asked for his reaction after the game, Wang was his aloof and accidentally hilarious self:

Wang had no idea about the milestone until I mentioned it to him. “Dwight Gooden?” he said. "Who’s that?”

“He pitched for the Mets,” I said.

“You mean Doc Gooden,” he said. “Same guy?”

Joba Chamberlain, who was listening to our conversation, was laughing hysterically.

You've got to hand it to the guy. He makes Tim Duncan look like Conan O'Brien.

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