All right, I actually did think it was an April Fools joke when my colleague Jim Owczarski called me tonight to tell me that former White Sox first-round bust Brian Anderson is going to try his hand at pitching.
But it's not a joke. It's apparently quite true.
Anderson failed to make the lowly Kansas City Royals out of spring training. Instead of accepting a minor-league assignment as an outfielder, he's decided to try his hand at pitching. His quest will start in the low minors.
Royals manager Trey Hillman says he's not sure how the transition will work "but it's going to start at the very bottom."
This has to be another difficult blow for Anderson's true believers, who seem to think the fair-haired bust could have hit 25 home runs in a season if "racist" White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen had just given him the chance.
Instead, Anderson is giving up hitting with a grand total of 22 career MLB home runs over parts of five seasons. On the bright side, this gives us yet another opportunity to play "The Greatest American Hero" theme song on this blog.
Really, it never gets old watching Brian Anderson's fan club get proven wrong time and time again.