An anonymous tipster (Leeann) sent me this story, about the reward given to Roy Oswalt for his performance in Game 6.
[O]n Oct. 19, McLane, still somewhat shell shocked from the Game 5 disaster, said to Oswalt, "You win this game tonight, and I'll buy you a Caterpillar D6." Oswalt, owner of 40 acres of land in his hometown of Weir, Miss., jumped from his chair and told McLane he had a deal.
For those not familiar with the lingo, a Caterpillar D6 is a bulldozer -- in this case, a mustard yellow bulldozer complete with well-placed Astros logos and a price tag of a cool $230,000. Oswalt flew to Houston on Monday to claim his new toy, parked in a lot adjacent to Minute Maid Park for all to see. And admire, if that's your thing.
So for those who wondered where Oswalt drew the bulk of his strength as he pitched his team into the World Series that chilly night in October...
"I was thinking that night in about the third inning, when we went up 3-0, if I can just shut these guys out the rest of the night, I'm going to hold [McLane] to the fire in front of the media that he was going to get me a bulldozer," Oswalt said.
When Phil Garner visited Oswalt on the mound in the seventh inning and asked if he wanted to stay in the game or let the bullpen take over, Oswalt was again overcome by images of 'dozers that danced in his head.
On the one hand, it's pretty goofy and cute that he's so overjoyed about a bulldozer.
On the other, it's kind of sad that a professional athlete getting paid millions of dollars already in order to perform on the big stage needs an extra $230,000 item to be sufficiently motivated.
I know. Bah humbug.