Thursday, September 30, 2004
Drag Outfit Saves Pitcher
"[The players] heard a loud pop, and Ludwick felt something," [team spokesman Bart] Swain said. "Then Kyle eventually felt a burning sensation in his right calf. He didn't know what it was, but he reached down and saw blood."6-4-2, always on the side of tolerance and enlightenment, endorses such behavior, especially when it saves a life, a career, a season, or even a couple games. Cleveland, of course, has an exemplary history in this department, taking in all kinds of unusual talent at times when such moves might seem less-than-seemly.
Team trainers Lonnie Soloff and Rick Jameyson were able to remove the bullet on the bus.
Oddly enough, Denney was dressed in a USC cheerleader's outfit during the incident as part of the team's yearly ritual for rookies. The outfit, which included a blonde wig and knee-high boots, might have actually saved Denney from further injury, Swain said.
"Because of the boot, the bullet didn't go far into his calf," Swain said. "So that helped him. When Lonnie and Rick opened the boot, the bullet pretty much popped right out."