inktober52: octopus

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At six feet five inches two-hundred thirty-five pounds, Antonio Alfonseca cut a pretty intimidating figure on the pitchers mound. In 1997, his rookie year, he was part of the World Series Champion Florida Marlins. Three years later, he led the National League in saves with 45. Perhaps Antonio had an edge over all of the other pitchers at the time. Antonio was born with polydactyly, a genetic condition that provided him with an extra finger on each hand. (He also had six toes on each foot, but I don’t believe that helped with his pitching.) Teammates, and fans alike, bestowed the nickname “El Pulpo” upon Antonio. That’s Spanish for “The Octopus.” He wore the mantle proudly.



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