When Duaner Sanchez got into a cab in the early morning hours on July 30, 2006, he was unaware of the true destination that Mohammed Shulam was going to bring him to. "To the beginning of the end," Sanchez could have very well instructed the driver. "It's not closed well. Please shut the door (on your career)," Mr. Shulam politely requested. Unknown to Duaner at the time, that action was the last solid closing he would ever accomplish by use of his precious right arm. His game would never be the same.
Sanchez was every General Manager's dream in 2006. He was synonymous with Rolaids upon coming out the pen that season. His pitching spelled relief. Every Met fan remembers the real reason the team came to be one home run away from a trip to the World Series; our bullpen. Steve Trachsel knew he only had to go 5 or 6 innings (not that he could have gone any further) since the relief squad was the antithesis of what it was in 2008. Sterling.
Whether it was Chad Bradford, Duaner, Pedro Feliciano, or Billy Wagner - if a pitcher left with the lead after the 5th inning, he was able to chalk up a W next to his name in the clubhouse for that day's work. Sorry Johan, you came two years too late.
A taxicab accident and two subsequent shoulder operations later, Sanchez sat fidgety in a seat that Omar chose for him on the morning before yesterday. He knew at heart that not even his sports goggles would be able to protect him from what was about to come. "Why oh why did I crave Dominican Food at 2:00 AM? I could have continued to be a valuable piece in the bullpen if I had just controlled my urges," Sanchez screamed to himself. And so it was. The way his shoulder separated from his body in the wee morning hours not too long ago, so too, removed from him was, his jersey, his job, and what was once said to be, a very promising career.
This was one costly cab fare that Sanchez wish he could have back.
An actual clip of just a few moments in what Duaner Sanchez's ride looked like. Seemingly, the trip was much like his career. (Not for the faint hearted).