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Must-click link: Meet Evan Gattis, who has lived a hell of a life so far

Mar 1, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

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The Braves have a catching prospect named Evan Gattis. He turned heads by hitting .322/.386/.601 and socking 22 homers in a mere 377 plate appearances in the Sally League last year at the age of 24.

Your first thought may be “well, yeah, but 24 is pretty old for the Sally League.”  That’s true. Which means that you can’t necessarily say that Gattis is some uber-prospect.

But it is interesting to hear why, at 24, he was only in the Sally League.  Turns out he has had one hell of a journey in his life these past several years, and today Dave O’Brien of the AJC has his story:

Eight years ago, James Evan Gattis was a burly power hitter coming out of high school in Forney, Texas. He signed with Texas A&M, but never made it to College Station.

Instead he went to drug rehab for 30 days. Then a halfway house for three months. After a brief baseball career at an Oklahoma junior college, he dropped out and tried to tune in or turn on to something, anything that might give him some clarity.

His life began to resemble a Jack Kerouac novel mixed with new age spiritualism wherever he could find it. He traveled the western United States, stopping for a few months here and there, working jobs ranging from ski-lift operator to janitor.

It’s a great read, and he seems like a neat guy.

Though really, he reminds me less of Kerouac — or whatever we’ve come to think of as that which Kerouac represented — and more of James Ellroy.  Someone who, unlike most other people who spend time in the wilderness of drugs and aimlessness, actually find a way out and succeed in the world they should have entered years before.

Such a thing is a romantic notion, but man is it rare.  Once lives are derailed, they tend to say that way.

  1. marshmallowsnake - Mar 1, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Maybe it is because I never got into them, or the fact that my wife’s family has a lot of problems with them, but I just do not understand this country’s fascination with drug abuse.

    • stex52 - Mar 1, 2012 at 1:29 PM

      In many cases, as here, I don’t think it is so much a fascination with drugs as it is with the idea of redemption and a fresh chance. I think that appeals to almost everybody.

      Drugs are just a very easy way for most people to fall.

  2. firstandonlywarning - Mar 1, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    Anyone else done reading any Craig Calcaterra postings?

    50/50 chance its a complete waste of time and that’s being generous

    • firstandonlywarning - Mar 1, 2012 at 10:46 AM

      And BSOHL jumped the shark so long ago that it cost readers and hits to the site.

      You’re a geek, not entertaining in anyway shape or form unless you’re being dunked in a toilet.

      Stick to stats

      • phukyouk - Mar 1, 2012 at 10:48 AM

        Yes actually. we are all done reading his posts. thats why we (you) continue to read and comment on this site. i mean, it makes sense in some paradoxal way….

      • bloodysock - Mar 1, 2012 at 10:52 AM

        And why are you still here then?

      • b7p19 - Mar 1, 2012 at 10:53 AM

        You sure seem like a stand up guy. Which one of your two posts qualify as your “firstandonlywarning” because i’m kind of looking forward to the time after such a warning. You know, when you won’t be speaking anymore.

      • phukyouk - Mar 1, 2012 at 10:54 AM

        well hes here to make sure that noone else comes in. i mean think about it. if you had no life and hated someone for being more successful than you wouldn’t you ALSO hang out in that persons house all day telling people how much he sucks?

    • sdelmonte - Mar 1, 2012 at 10:54 AM

      Infinite numbers of thumbs down for this comment. He is my reason for being here.

      Even my reason for being.

      OK, not really. But he is what brought me here and – nothing against all the other fine bloggers, including the fellow Mets fan – he is worth defending with effusive praise.

      • Pierre Cruzatte - Mar 1, 2012 at 1:26 PM

        This. Even when I think he takes his “I am the font of reasonableness” shtick too far, I’m still here mostly for Craig’s take on baseball. My bookmark is the Calcaterra archive page, not HBT.

    • firstandonlywarning - Mar 1, 2012 at 10:57 AM

      LOL look at the other geeks run to slurp them CC

      Did ya all enjoy this lil article

      I bet you losers LOL’ed on EVERY BSOHL posting huh?

      Cause that’s what geeks and losers do

      Find mundane and unentertaining things…..entertaining

      And oh ya, Im still here because there are other writers than the wannabe dancing monkey that is Craig Calcaterra.

      • kopy - Mar 1, 2012 at 11:10 AM

        Cause that’s what geeks and losers do

        Find mundane and unentertaining things…..entertaining

        Well yeah, it’s baseball.

      • phukyouk - Mar 1, 2012 at 11:15 AM

        He banned your real account, didnt he? come on Cepts admit it.. dont be ashamed, its ok.

        “And oh ya, Im still here because there are other writers than the wannabe dancing monkey that is Craig Calcaterra.”

        and yet we only see you post on his articles..

      • koufaxmitzvah - Mar 1, 2012 at 11:36 AM

        Are you thumb upping your own posts?

      • Alex K - Mar 1, 2012 at 11:40 AM

        How dare you make fun of BSOHL posts. Those are the life blood of the internet. Their importance can’t be overstated.

        /sarcasm

        Feel free to skip posts by people you don’t enjoy reading. It’s really easy to do.

      • koufaxmitzvah - Mar 1, 2012 at 11:51 AM

        I don’t think it’s Bicepts. Bicepts, while sometimes obtuse and a bit insulting to others, had respect for this blog.

        I’m going to say this is PurdueMan, he of the racism, and anti-Semitism, and the “He Gone” comments regarding obituaries.

      • patg1041 - Mar 1, 2012 at 12:10 PM

        “He gone” comments regarding obituaries? That’s priceless. I only wish I had thought of it.

      • bobulated - Mar 1, 2012 at 12:10 PM

        Don’t feed the trolls.

      • Pierre Cruzatte - Mar 1, 2012 at 1:29 PM

        Hi, Aaron!

  3. firstandonlywarning - Mar 1, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    Look at all the comments based on my truth telling
    2 comments based on this “Article”?

    Must click link
    LOL
    And no, im not any of the tools you mentioned.
    I was banned, but on hockey for spilling the beans that when we were in Junior, Jason Spezza was banging this MILF regular and of course educating the “knows-less than the average Canuck walking the streets about hockey” bloggers

    Im just pointing out facts that CC had a chance to be legit and wastes it on buffoonery.

    Seriously where are all the comments about what a good article this is and how you’re glad you clicked to read it?

    Talking about the guy too stupid to figure out when something has been played out.

    Here is a hint CC and CC lovers, my mom said her friend was in the BSOHL the other day
    THAT’s when you know something has been played out.

    CC is still asking “where’s the beef?” and blows milk out his nose when he hears someone say it no doubt.

    • JBerardi - Mar 2, 2012 at 7:35 AM

      Go troll somewhere else. We don’t care.

  4. thegrandoldgame - May 4, 2012 at 2:15 AM

    I had the honor of interviewing him February 23rd on my tiny little blog:

    http://grandoldgame.blogspot.com/2012/02/player-interview-evan-gattis-c-rome.html

    This was a few days after posting this article on his journey into pro baseball:

    http://grandoldgame.blogspot.com/2012/02/all-roads-lead-to-rome-for-star.html

    Great guy, really wishing the best for him.

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