NY YANKEES SIGN NEW
Shoe-throwing Right-hander Impresses Scouts
In their latest bid to beef up their
pitching rotation for the 2009 season, the New York
Yankees today signed Iraqi journalist Muntadar al-Zeidi
to a three-year deal worth $32 million.
The right-handed al-Zeidi, 28,
impressed the Yankee scouts with his performance in
Baghdad yesterday when he threw both of his shoes at
President George W. Bush.
While neither of the shoes hit their
target, both throws “had great velocity and good
movement,” said Yankee owner Hank Steinbrenner.
“The first shoe was high and outside
but the second one was right down the middle,” Mr.
The Yankee boss said that he was also
impressed with Mr. al-Zeidi’s fighting spirit when
Secret Service agents tackled him.
“That could come in handy when we have
a series with Boston,” he said.
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