Friday, May 23, 2008

Atlanta native baseball player traded for 10 bats

People always joke about trading a hockey player for a bag of pucks. Well, the baseball near-equivalent just happened.

During three years in the low minors, John Odom never really made a name for himself.

That sure changed this week - he's the guy the Calgary Vipers traded for a bunch of bats. "I don't really care," he said Friday. "It'll make a better story if I make it to the big leagues."

For now, Odom is headed to the Laredo Broncos of the United League. They got him Tuesday from Calgary of the Golden Baseball League for a most unlikely price: 10 Prairie Sticks Maple Bats, double-dipped black, 34-inch, C243 style.

This is the best part:

Laredo offered cash for Odom, but [Vipers president Peter] Young said that was "an insult."

Next time you think your boss isn't appreciating you, well, remember it could be worse.

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