There are certain moments you always remember where you were when they happened; Dylan Bundy had two on the same day.
On December 4, 2019, Dylan Bundy was traded to the Los Angeles Angels for four prospects, a trade he learned about while vacationing in Costa Rica.
According to The Athletic, Bundy finally did receive the news, just hours before he planned to propose to his girlfriend, Caitlin Smith.
I will make you read the article to see if she said yes, but the story is a great reminder of how baseball players often need to juggle the pressures of everyday life with the demands of being professional athletes.
They might appear bigger than life on television screens and jumbotrons, their names worshipped or ridiculed on sports talk shows and blogs, like this one, but they are regular people who do regular things when they are not on the baseball diamond.
For the Angels, they are hoping that Bundy is able to build off the progress he showed recently in Baltimore to resemble some facsimile of the promise he had when he came out of high school as the top prospect in the country.
After missing most of 2013-2016 dealing with a slew of injuries, Bundy has become a stable starter over the past four seasons. He has pitched at least 169 innings since 2017, and has made at least 27 starts in each of those seasons. His ERA is still a bit high, at 4.79 runs last season, but his fielding independent ERA (xFIP) has been a bit lower.
As I explained in a more in-depth breakdown yesterday, if Bundy can induce more ground balls and keep the ball from sailing into the outfield stands, he has a real chance of becoming a pleasant surprise for Angels fans
Over a shortened Spring Training, he already was showing hints of what he can offer, striking out 16 batters in just 11 innings of work, while allowing only two earned runs, four hits, and one walk.
Dylan Bundy will surely never forget what he was doing when he learned the news of the Angels trading to acquire him. Hopefully, he sticks in the minds of Angels fans for many more reasons in the years to come.