Greene-Bay pick 'em contest

Jason Bay hopes to do something a Pirate has never done -- win the Rookie of the Year award. But he's facing stiff competition in Khalil Greene.

Originally Published: September 28, 2004
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN Insider
PHILADELPHIA – Several aspects of San Diego shortstop Khalil Greene's persona have become common knowledge this season. Most baseball fans are now aware that he belongs to the Baha'i faith, resembles the Jeff Spicoli character from "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," and wears his uniform so baggy that it could house two Khalils instead of one.

Now some trivia about Pittsburgh outfielder Jason Bay, Greene's relatively anonymous competition for National League Rookie of the Year:

Bay is a British Columbia native but quit playing ice hockey at age 12. His boyhood favorite was Cincinnati Reds outfielder Eric Davis. His sister Lauren, a talented softball pitcher, played for Team Canada at the recent Athens Olympic Games. He's with his fourth professional organization at age 26. And just last weekend, Bay could be seen walking through the Pittsburgh airport disguised as a 6-foot-2-inch piece of poultry.

Jerry Crasnick

ESPN Senior Writer