June 15, 2006

Drinking With Sal

Phillies backup catcher Sal Fasano has become a huge fan favorite this year, due mostly to his Italian heritage and his fun, Fu Manchu look. But some revelations in an article in this week's Philadelphia City Paper should make him more popular than ever among Philly's Joe Sixpack types. When he played in the Royals organization early in his career,

Fasano gained the reputation as a full-moon carouser, and it was well-deserved. Every night after games, Fasano would drink a case of beer and a fifth of Southern Comfort. Every night.

"There aren't many places to go in minor league towns," says Fasano. "So I'd be sitting around a bar, talking to people, and all of a sudden I'd look up and see it was 2 o'clock and I'd downed 30 beers."

Damn. Make that the Joe Thirty-Pack types. We've all heard the urban legend (since debunked) that Wade Boggs once drank 64 beers on a cross-country flight, but that was only one day. Fasano later found the Lord and gave up drinking, which is good because otherwise, the Phils would still be stuck with Mike Lieberthal behind the plate 4 days a week.

Posted by Stephen Silver at June 15, 2006 03:20 PM
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