COMMENTS: FOUR-FINGER BRANNAN
ABC's closing feature was its Person of the Week. Charles Gibson (subscription required) told us about Cooper Brannan, a 22-year-old Marine veteran of the Iraq War, who has signed a minor league contract as a pitcher by the San Diego Padres.
He is a right-hander so the fact that a grenade in Fallujah mutilated his left hand and blew off one of his fingers will give him no Mordecai-Brown-style edge to his split-fingered fastball. The most moving part of the profile was when Brannan held up his one-week-old daughter with the smiling boast "ten fingers, ten toes"--which is more than the pitcher can say of himself.
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