Memorial Day. Picnics, Patriotism, Barbeques, Baseball...and this year it also includes a pitching performance by Ian Snell, WTB's very own Conquering Hero. Don't let yourself be fooled by Ian's last outing. Yes, he and the Pirates lost, but Ian stayed strong and pitched 6 innings and gave up 4 earned runs. Not his best outing by any stretch, but not a bad one either. This is perfectly fine by me however: in fact, I am glad he lost last time out. You see, you have to understand something, something fundamental to the mythos that surrounds our man Snell: he is a hero, and heroes are born out of a confluence of timing and bravery. So why did Ian Snell lose to the lowly Cardinals last time out? I'll tell you exactly why my friend. He was readying the stage for the next chapter in his hero's tale, and the title of this chapter is Redemption. Ian knew his next start was on Memorial Day, on the grand stage. Ian also knows the difference between why people hate Goliath and why people love to see the Phoenix rising from the ashes. This is Ian's moment, his moment to rise on the national stage, effulgent and glorious. What a sense of timing, this Ian Snell.
So be prepared, for at 1:15 tomorrow afternoon you will see Ian do battle with the Reds, and Ian's vastly overmatched counterpart Kyle Lohse. And Ian will prevail.
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