Before The Trade, Rolando Arrojo was part of the biggest game changing trade in franchise history.
Ok, that's a lie. However, Rolando was involved in a multiplayer trade in 2000 that saw Jeff Frye, Brian Rose, and John Wasdin head off to Colorado in return for Rolando Arrojo, Mike Lansing, and a minor leaguer. It was a trade that might be comparable to swapping bags of baseball equipment, with Jeff Frye tossed in for good measure. That's not entirely fair to Rolando Arrojo, as he won 14 games for the 1998 Tampa Bay Devil Rays that won just 63 games as a team.
John Wasdin being traded to the Colorado Rockies is just mean. "Wayback" Wasdin's tendency to allow the home run ball and just overall tendency to pitch terribly led him to a 6.30 ERA with the Rockies. He was, arguably, the biggest success out of the entire Arrojo Trade. While the rest of the trade companions, Wasdin continued on playing until 2007.
So why did I pick Rolando Arrojo for today's matchup? Mainly so I could use this line: These aren't you daddy's Rays. Arrojo was the ace pitcher of the inaugural Tampa Bay season, and in a lot of ways represents that era of suck. They really were perennial losers. To the point that there were reports that Wade Boggs had promised to wear a Rays hat into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in return for a bonus in his contract.
The Rays have a four game losing streak entering tonight's game. Here's to hoping that Joe Kelly and the rest of the Red Sox can relive the glory days of the Rolando Arrojo's Tampa Bay Days, at least for another day.