Francisco Rodriguez  

  • Francisco became the youngest player to pitch in the World Series since Don Gullett appeared for the Cincinnati Reds in 1970.
  • After coming to the U.S. in 1999 speaking little English, Francisco is now fluent.
  • Disney’s asking price for the Angels went up after the team's World Series title. Francisco's emergence also upped the ante for a prospective buyer. The club's promotions director, Robert Alvarado, says if K-Rod’s for real, it puts the franchise’s Latino marketing plan at least two years ahead of schedule.
  • Francisco’s locker neighbor, Tim Salmon, played in 1388 regular-season games before making it to the post-season. Francisco’s pre-series resume was 5 and 1/3 innings.
  • Technically, Francisco is still eligible to win Rookie of the Year honors in 2003. The last athlete to play a key role in his team's world championship—then win top rookie honors the following year—was Ken Dryden of the Montreal Canadiens.
  • Francisco is engaged to Andrea Harvey and has two daughters, Destiny and Adriana. He also has a son, Frandeiker, who lives in Macaro with his mother.
  • When Francisco returned to Caracas after the World Series, his mother showed up and tried to embrace him. Francisco just turned away.


Don Gullett, 1979 O-Pee-Chee

Tim Salmon, 1992 Bowman




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