Last May, the internets were all atwitter when a minor league team in Canada traded one of its pitchers for 10 maple bats. That pitcher, John Odom, certainly understood the humor of the situation, and gladly took part in interviews to discuss the deal, able to laugh at himself along the way.
Now, he’s dead. The victim, according to a medical examiner in Georgia, of an accidental overdose. And it turns out, this story was never really that funny to begin with.
Odom was a kid withÂ a history,Â but after washing out in the Giants minor league system, he signed with an independent league team in Calgary. That’s when a past drug offense came into play. Canadian authorities would notÂ let him enter the country,Â butÂ instead of dropping him cold, the team decided toÂ get something for Odom. Hence, the bat trade.
He lasted a few months on his new team, beforeÂ giving up his baseball dream and heading home toÂ Georgia, where his demons apparently got theÂ best of him.