Newest Revolution addition has cool claim to fame
The latest Revolution signing of lefty starting pitcher Chris Waters jogged my memory a bit…back to the 2008 season.
It was Waters who started the final game at the original Yankee Stadium on September 21, 2008 for the Orioles. Opposite of Waters that day was Andy Pettitte, who pitched five innings and got the win for the Yankees in a 7-3 triumph. Waters tossed five and two-thirds innings, and took the losing decision for the O’s. Waters also surrendured the final two home runs at “The House That (Baltimore native) Ruth” built; a three-run shot to Johnny Damon in the third, and a two-run shot to Jose Molina in the fourth.
So although things didn’t go Waters’ way that day, it’s a nice trivia question that will live on with a member of the Revs. As it would happen, Waters and Pettitte are each returning to professional baseball this season; Pettitte out of retirement with the Yankees, and Waters from Tommy John surgery.
Waters, 16 months removed from the surgery, last pitched for the Nashville Sounds in 2010, the Triple-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers, making 21 starts. His MLB time was all with Baltimore, making 11 starts (64.2 IP) in 2008, and one start and four relief appearances in 2009 (11.2 IP) before his release and hooking on with Milwaukee.
Entering his 12th professional season, Waters, 31, was originally drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the fifth round of the 2000 draft, out of high school in his native Lakeland, Florida. He was with the Braves up to Double-A through 2006, joining the Orioles organization at Double-A the following season. Waters will likely have at least a couple outings out of the Revs bullpen just to get going, before joining the rotation.