It’s just another case of not being able to judge a book by its cover. I believed that his throwback ’70’s appearance, coupled with his overall lack of talent, made Sal Fasano a lock for the third base/catcher spot on the SleazeSox. But I didn’t bother to take a look at the man behind the mustache, and that resulted in someone being unfairly labeled as a dirtbag.
The revelations came from this article by SI’s Jeff Pearlman. It relates how Salvatore Frank Fasano has a child with a heart condition, and the 38 year old catcher was just trying to keep a spot on a Major League roster so that he could be entitled to their health insurance plan. Without the plan, he would be unable to afford the expensive surgeries for his son. And there is this passage about Sal’s character that really blew me away:
Mostly, Fasano is known throughout baseball as one of the truly good guys — an honest, humble, friendly, blue-collar ballplayer who has never been accused of cheating and whose knowledge and decency makes him, in many minds, an obvious future manager.
As if that’s not enough to keep someone from being lumped in with the likes of newly-acquired despicable sluggers Jose Canseco, Barry Bonds, and Sammy Sosa, I then found this article from the same author. It’s all about how Sal refused to take steroids when everyone around him was doing it to get ahead. Fasano’s dedication to his family and his determination to doing what is right are admirable qualities that are belied by his comical visage.
So this is my apology to Mr. Fasano, and an earnest reminder that not everything can be taken at face value. Even if he’s not a perfect fit, we will be keeping Fasano on our virtual ball club as we march toward the World Series, because he deserves another victory.