Reaching the major leagues is a dream come true for young men from New York to Miami to Los Angeles to San Juan to Santo Domingo to Tokyo. In the ideal scenario, their dreams are realized and they live happily ever after in the very exclusive community of big leaguers who enjoy the spoils of success.
Then there is the story of righthanded pitcher Zach Stewart, now 26. Drafted in the third round of the 2008 draft, Stewart was traded to the Blue Jays in 2009 and was dealt from Toronto to the White Sox in July of 2011. After spending time, albeit undistinguished, in the majors with the Sox, Stewart began a curious odyssey last June when he was dealt by the Good Guys to Boston in the Kevin Youkilis deal, spent time in the Red Sox organization at AAA Pawtucket and was on the road again last November as the Bosox traded him to Pittsburgh. Last Thursday, Stewart was designated for assignment by the Pirates.
All has not been lost, however, as word comes from the South Side that the Pale Hose have claimed Stewart off of waivers from Pittsburgh, giving him another chance to realize his potential.
So, while Stewart has reached the promised land, his stay at the top has been filled with mediocrity, demotion and disappointment. And though there's another chapter to be written, no one knows how the story will unfold. By taking another flyer on Stewart, the White Sox hope it'll be one of those "happily ever after" endings.