Happy Anniversary to Kyle Farnsworth Absolutely Planting Paul Wilson

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Happy Anniversary to Kyle Farnsworth Absolutely Planting Paul Wilson

Chicago Cubs

On this day 16 years ago, we all learned that a pitcher can have a side hustle as a linebacker.

Reds pitcher Paul Wilson – not a linebacker – took umbrage at a Kyle Farnsworth fastball that sailed inside. He started jawing, which was fine, but he took just one fateful step too many that set him up to forever be remembered only as the dude who got PLANTED.

Wilson, a former first overall draft pick, went on to have a so-so year in 2003, a serviceable year in 2004, and then he was toast in 2005. Hence this moment likely being the most memorable part of his career, which, admittedly, is a bummer.

As for Farnsworth, he had some decent years with the Cubs, and then bounced around between various MLB and AAA teams for the better part of a decade before a couple final baseball years in Mexico.

Then, naturally, he became an actual football player:



Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.