Former Hut Bartender Wins First MLB Game of the Season



You might not have actually realized that the Major League Baseball regular season actually kicked off in Japan last night (especially since Spring Training is still going on here in the States), but the Mariners' 3-1 extra-inning victory over the Oakland A's was also a nice win for Tucsonan/former bartender at The Hut Tom Wilhelmsen, who put in two innings of no-hit work in relief of starter Felix Hernandez. For more on Wilhelmsen's improbable story, check out a great ESPN feature from last year which includes a mention of the Magic Carpet tiki statue in the lede.

Brilliantly, Major League Baseball prohibits the embedding of game highlights, but if you'd like to see Wilhelmsen in action, head to the Mariners' website, which has a story on his enjoyment of Tokyo and a brief clip of his relief work.

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