Raleigh- In the wake of a disappointing home stand, Carolina's Tar Heels announced they are trading Pat McCrory to the state of Louisiana for Bobby Jindal.
McCrory, a lefty from Ohio, was known for throwing off-speed pitches that would hang over the plate, frequently allowing the opposition to hit for extra bases. Jindal, by contrast, is a right-hander who can throw smoke when it is needed.
McCrory's lobs, fans complained, tended to wobble and waver. Jindal's fastballs instead had sharp movement, and would pop in the catcher's mitt.
The Tigers negotiated that Carolina would also send a player to be named later and a future minor league prospect. Otherwise, Louisiana claimed, the deal would have been awfully one-sided.
When Carolina's general manager, Pete Pope, was confronted by reporters with the fact that Jindal has higher ambitions, and might be lost to the free agent market, he rationalized the decision he had made. "We just had to do something,", he said.
Phil Robertson, a noteworthy Louisiana fan, issued a public message to McCrory prior to his arrival in the Bayou State. "McCrory," Robertson said, "is going to have to make some adjustments if he has any hopes of surviving here. Otherwise, he might as well go back to Ohio, where he came from."
Carolina fans lost their faith in McCrory when he repeatedly seemed to be surrendering to opposing hitters. Pressure mounted on Pope to make a move, until the announcement was made late today.
Jindal expressed eagerness to join the Tar Heels. But he made sure to emphasize that fans will be seeing a new approach in Raleigh. "People are going to notice a change as soon as I step on the pitcher's mound," Jindal promised.