Buster Gunns - Cobb Times Herald
With yet another trip to the Disabled List, Durham Pitbull Wiki Vazquez further cemented his status as the king of the hospital recovery room in Cobb World. We found him enjoying a 12 day layoff nursing a ribcage ligament strain at the Duke University Hospital in Durham, and he was nice enough to answer some questions for the media and his legions of fans.
Q. Which of your many trips to the DL was the worst?
A. I would have to say that it was one of my three hamstring tears. Perhaps season 4 with the Sluggers of Omaha, that team was very good and I just wish I could have played in the playoffs. But really, the groin injury I had a few seasons back was pretty bad too, my wife didn't like that one bit!
Q. Which hospital that you have been in was the best, and which was the worst?
A. Without a doubt the best hospital is the Duke University Hospital here in Durham, the quality of the doctors is very high, and I have been here long enough in Durham to have built up quite a rapport with nearly every specialist on the staff! The worst is tougher, I had some nasty experiences in the Dominican, notably El Hospital de Loreto, that was a scary place. Good thing I was only a kid then and had only minor injuries, or I might not be in this fine hospital today.
Q. What was the best drug you have ever been prescribed?
A. Other than the steroids? Ha ha! Seriously though I am a big fan of Oxycontin, I have been given those painkillers so many times I could be a dealer if I wanted to. Good thing I am making the big bucks playing baseball.
Q. What is the most rewarding thing about spending so much time on the DL?
A. I have been able to make legions of new fans up in the children's cancer wards around the country. I have a foundation, "Wiki's Strain for the Cure," which for every time I land on the DL, donations are made to find a cure for cancer. So far it's been very good for the kids.
Q. What is the worst thing about spending so much time on the DL?
A. I would have to say that I am kind of tired of all the people saying that I have a glass jaw. Really, I don't. I just have bad luck.
Q. Is there any part of Wiki Vazquez that hasn't been injured?
A. I think perhaps my pharyngeal tonsil has made it through unscathed, but I'm not sure.
Q. What's next for Wiki Vazquez after you get off the DL?
A. I am thinking 150 hits and a .330 average on the field, lots of R & R on my boat off the field on off days. When you come off an injury, you need to ease your way back into life, and I find that a nice pina colada on the waves does the trick.