Rather than sit around and tell people that he still belongs in the major leagues, Kip Wells decided to show them.
"It's kind of like buying a car on the Internet as opposed to going to the lot and seeing it," Wells said. "It's harder to buy something and take somebody's word for it than go to see it, touch it, drive it and be like, "All right, I want that.' "
In order to show that he can still pitch, Wells - who spent spring training with the Reds before being released - signed with the Ducks two weeks ago and is 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA. Originally drafted by the White Sox in the first round of the 1998 amateur draft, the 33-year-old Houston resident spent 11 seasons in the majors, collecting 67 career wins with a 4.71 ERA.
Most memorable moment of your career?
"My first start. I made my debut in August of '99 and I beat the Tigers in the old Tigers Stadium."
Most intimidating batter you've ever faced?
"Mo Vaughn. Generally, guys that are standing on top of the plate and dare you to pitch them in are going to stare you down when you pitch them inside. And you're not sure if they are going to come out there and beat you over the head with their bat or they're going to strike out on the next pitch."
What's something your teammates would be shocked to learn about you?
"I'm a pretty clean person. Even being here . . . I'll walk through somewhere and I'll start wiping down a countertop."
Dinner with three famous people; who's invited?