Ex-Red Sox Bronson Arroyo Turns 39-Years Old Today
(New York Daily News Photo)
Let's face it, Bronson Arroyo for Wily Mo Pena was a bad deal. In the nine seasons since that trade, Arroyo has gone 112-98—with an ERA just over 4.00 for the Reds and Diamondbacks. And, he's thrown at least 200 innings in seven of those nine years after leaving Boston (in one of those "off-years" he threw 199.0 innings). Pretty darned consistent and reliable. And, how about Wily Mo? In his 157 games in Carmine Hose, Pena hit .271 with 16 HRs and 59 RBIs. Now, one of those home runs was the hardest-hit ball we have ever seen at Fenway Park—a line drive that hit the back wall of the Monster Seats in roughly a nano-second after leaving the bat. Still, not enough compensation for Arroyo—who turns 39 today. Happy birthday, Bronson!