Monday, August 22, 2011

Where Are They Now? - Danny Almonte



Ohhhhhh Danny Boy, you really thought you had us didn't you? I'm guessing most of you remember this flame-throwing "12-year-old." In the 2001 Little League World Series, Almonte was ruthless. He threw a perfect game in the Regional Finals to send his Hard Ball-esque squad from the Bronx to Williamsport and threw another perfecto in a round-robin game four days later. He finished the 2001 tournament with 62 strikeouts (out of 72 batters faced), giving up only three hits in three starts. He was 5-foot-9 and hurling 75 mph. Not suspicious at all in hindsight.

The only reason Almonte, G-Baby and the rest didn't win the whole thing is because Danny wasn't allowed to pitch in the championship game due to Little League regulations. Probably the only rule he followed when it was all said and done. It was later discovered that Almonte was born in '87 and not '89 and had only arrived from the DR on June 15 of that year. In the end, both facts disqualified him, though just one would have been sufficient. The aftermath of this incident is where things get comical (if you think a life spiraling into a pit of despair is comical). He played in high school and had brief stints with the Southern Illinois Miners of the Frontier League and the Division II Junior College (yes, the famed NJCAA DII) Western Oklahoma State Pioneers. Turns out he wasn't stellar when the other kids were his age. The two most interesting tidbits: In September 2005 (when he was 18), he married a 30-year-old. Let's not not give credit where credit is due. Also, in early 2005, Danny moved to the Miami area, where he did not play baseball. You just can't help but wonder what he did instead.

Last night I found myself feeling a little jealous of Danny. I would have really enjoyed mowing down helpless Japanese 12-year-old after Japanese 12-year-old. Nothing racial, I simply despise the way they curve their hats.

P.S. Almonte is now a volunteer assistant coach at James Monroe High School. So he's got that going for him.


7 comments:

  1. For your information, I dont see where he had a "life spiraling into a pit of despair". Also, how was he not stellar against guys his own age? He was a Jr College All American at Western Oklahoma and is all over the school's record books as both a hitter and a pitcher. The team went to the World Series both years he was there and he threw a complete game in the World Series with 11 strikeouts against guys his own age! Get your facts correct because mine are and you can check them out. www.woscbaseball.com

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  2. great facts bro good to see you've got nothin better to do at 6:38 a.m.

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  3. i would classify attending western oklahoma as a life spiraling into a pit of despair

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  4. Well Im sorry to burst your bubble but your lack of athletic accomplishments cant be made up by having a good night of MLB The Show on PS3...stop hating

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  5. The fact that Danny doesnt talk about his little league deception and come out and use it as a teaching moment to others places him at the bottom of the scum bucket. Hes helping at the school because he,s a loser without an education to get him a quality career. 14 yr old stricking out 12 yrolds and a jr college star mean nothing, lets see that college diploma and evidence you are making a difference.

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  6. NO LETS BLAME THE CHILD IN THIS SITUATION- THE TERRIBLE "ADULTS" IN HIS LIFE HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH BRINGING HIM UP TO THIS COUNTRY FOR THE BASEBALL OPPORTUNITIES OR SIGNING HIM UP UNDER A DIFFERENT AGE.
    HE WAS A CHILD AND A GROWN-UP HAD TO DO ALL THOSE THINGS FROM HIM.
    AND WHY DOES HE HAVE TO DO ANYTHING REGARDING SPEAKING OUT- TO MAKE YOU FEEL... WHAT?!?!

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