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Twenty years in the minor leagues.
Twenty years catching in the minor leagues.
Except the part where his wife told him to pick his family, or baseball, and he picked baseball.
He smiled when he recalls catching Pedro Martinez at his peak: "He says to me that first day: 'I'm working on fastballs in and fastballs away. My curveball is my best pitch. My changeup is my other best pitch.'"
This guy didn't catch for 20 years. But his story is one of the reasons I grew up liking SI so much. This type of feature was what SI did so well in its day.
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