Justin Masterson has been called up from Portland. He will start tomorrow night against the Angels. Let's get to know him with a little Fact or Fiction:
- He is the first Jamaican-born member of the Red Sox.
- At 6-6, Masterson is the tallest pitcher to start a game for the Sox since Derek Lowe.
- Weighing in at approximately 250 pounds, Masterson is the heaviest Sox picther since El Guapo.
- He is one of seven Sox on Baseball America's Top 100 Prospects list.
- He likes to grill asparagus, film it, and post it on YouTube.
- He is the great-great-great grandson of gunfighter/lawman/sports writer Bat Masterson.
1. True. The three other Jamaican-born major leaguers, Chili Davis, Rolando Roomes and Devon White, never suited up for the Sox.
2. False. Kyle Snyder is 6-8. And remember Jason Johnson? Yeah, he was 6-8 and
3. False. David Wells is listed at 248 lbs, but that's probably generous.
4. True. Masterson came in at No. 63; the six others are RHP Clay Buchholz (No. 4); CF Jacoby Ellsbury (No. 13); 1B Lars Anderson (No. 40); 3B Jed Lowrie (No. 73); RHP Michael Bowden (No. 94); and CF Ryan Kalish (No. 96).
5. False. This is not Justin Masterson, major league pitcher.
6. False. But Bat Masterson is the great-grandfather of Robert Ballard, the marine scientist who discovered the wreck of the Titanic in 1985.