Our pal, Sal

The injuries continued to pile up for Toronto on Tuesday, as catcher Gregg Zaun left the Jays-Red Sox contest in the second inning after taking a foul ball off his hand. Though he is headed to the DL, it’s not all bad news, as the Blue Jays will summon Sal Fasano from Triple-A Syracuse on Wednesday.

Fasano It’s hard not to like Fasano, a journeyman backstop who proudly sports a Fu-Manchu mustache, which earned him cult-like admiration in Philadelphia last season. A group of Phillies fans created “Sal’s Pals” in honour of the veteran catcher, who in turn recognized his loyal backers by buying the group ball tickets and pizza.

I saw Sal briefly at the start of the 2005 season when he was playing for Triple-A Ottawa. Truly one of the game’s ‘nice guys’, Fasano should get a chance to log plenty of innings for the Blue Jays in the coming days.Salspals_1

ESPN’s Jeff Pearlman says Sal is the ‘greatest guy in the majors’

An entertaining satirical blog dedicated to Fasano …

Two levels up — The 700 Level — follows Sal from Philly

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