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That was something that the Yankees did during the Vietnam War. They would arrange a safe assignment for their players who found themselves draft eligible so that they wouldn't get hurt fighting in the war. Gia's father wound up in the kitchen, a learning experience that helped him out later on in life when he and his family opened up a restaurant that they ran for 15 years or so.
Unfortunately, he still got injured during his time in the Army. Every day they had to exercise and train and during the drills one morning he tore something in his shoulder. So at 22, his pitching career was basically over without ever making it to the big leagues. But he had some great times with the Yankees in the minors and during Spring Training. Got to hang out and play ball with Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris and Whitey Ford. Threw batting practice to Joe DiMaggio (I can't even imagine...). Pitched an exhibition game at Yankee Stadium. Went 24-11 with a 2.60 ERA while in the minors in places like Fort Lauderdale, FL, Idaho Falls, ID and Columbus, GA. Was proud to call Roy White, Bobby Murcer, Mel Stottlemyre and a bunch of others friends. Beat future Hall of Famer Ferguson Jenkins just about every time he faced him. Good times.
Next week, he and Gia's mother are moving away to South Carolina. We are gonna miss both of them.
___________________________________________________Note: Remember to play the Badgerdaddy Trivia Challenge every day. Seriously...Joe DiMaggio walked up to him after practice one day and said "Hey Bob, throw me a few". I would have crapped myself.