More than that, though, I think what soured the Royals on Sisquatch was the same thing that soured the Cubs on protecting him two years ago, allowing the Royals to grab him in the first place. Sisco has a reputation for being, shall we say, less than totally dedicated to his craft. This can best be summed up by the email I received from Paul Swydan on November 29th, when he forwarded me an email from a gentleman named Bruce Baskin, who maintains a newsletter devoted to Mexican baseball. Hereís the relevant excerpt:
ďCheck this out: Andy Sisco, the 6′9″ kid from Eastern Washington who pitches for the Royals, was just cut by Mazatlan. He was pitching well enough, however the team director saw Sisco munching on a couple of tacos in the stadium concourseÖduring the first inning of the game. Apparently, he showed up in the dugout sometime in the second, but his fate was sealed.
ďWhat a bonehead! Hadnít he been down there long enough to figure they take the game a whole lot more seriously in Mazatlan than they do in Omaha? Hope he got his tacos to go.Ē
I canít confirm that this actually took place, but itís telling that the people Iíve talked to find this anecdote to be completely in character. Itís also telling that Sisco hasnít pitched in Mexico since November 19th, even though his last outing was 6 IP, 1 ER, 8 K gem.