Posted by: Jeremy | August 10, 2009

Towers called up to Bronx, then promptly sent down


J.T., packing heat in the form of Lyle Overbay

J.T., packing heat in the form of Lyle Overbay

For about 24 hours this weekend, all was right in the world. Josh Towers, the rock of the Jays’ starting rotation in 2005, was a major leaguer — a New York Yankee at that. I was made aware of this by the fellow Towers enthusiast Drunk Jays Fans, who have been monitoring his every step since his last appearance as a Blue Jay in 2007. Anyway, Towers was called up Saturday and sent down yesterday to make room for Chad Gaudin, who the Yankees picked up in a trade late last week.

As nightmarish as Towers was in 2006 and 2007, I always liked the guy. If starting pitchers were judged by how cool they were, J.T. would have five Cy Youngs under his belt by now. Prior to a start two years ago against the Yankees, Towers came up to me on the field before the game and said, “Man, I ain’t never seen this many people here at 6:30 on a Tuesday night.” I agreed, because I also ain’t never seen that many people there that early. I told him it was probably because they wanted to see him pitch, but he pointed across the field to Roger Clemens and said, “Naw, they’re here to see that guy.” I disagreed and told him it was his night.

Unfortunately, it definitely didn’t turn out to be Towers’ night. He lasted about three innings and the Jays lost 9-2. However, in a display of Towers’ awesomeness, he drilled Alex Rodriguez, touching off a pair of bench-clearing brawls, and then called Tony Pena a hack after the game because he once quit as Kansas City’s manager. The game turned out to be Towers’ last start as a Jay, but it sure was a memorable way to go out.

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