The Dodgers signing career meh pitcher Joe Blanton last winter didn’t inspire confidence from too many fans.
One fan in particular, Seth Amitie, felt so strongly Blanton would be a flop that he made a friendly wager.
If Joe Blanton pitches 75+ innings of league average ERA next year, I will eat one of everything on the menu at dodger stadium— DPilot Sports Expert (@TheAmitie) January 19, 2016
Well, Blanton thrived in his new role as a reliever and turned in an ERA well better than the league average (2.48, good for a 158 league- and park-adjusted ERA+).
Amitie stayed true to his word and solicited donations to cover the cost of his misery before heading to Dodger Stadium for Monday’s NLDS Game 3. It looked like quite the ordeal.
Alright, Seth, what’s the big takeaway?
If Blanton leads the Dodgers to victory it’ll all be worth it, though.