I won the Sports Illustrated Award for dumbest injury of the year. I didn't get anything for it, just more recognition for being dumb. I'm so proud. The funniest thing was at the ER, the guy was like, 'Did you do this on purpose?' Now, anytime I'm around a family member with a knife, usually somebody says, 'Do you want me to do that for you?'
9. He recorded his first Major League hit (a double) and home run off Jeff D'Amico."I don't know him from anything, even now. I just got lucky. He struck me out the first time, had two strikes on me the second time. I knew he was going to go with a curveball, and I hit it down the line for a double and an RBI. I remember standing on second base going, 'I hit that ball.' The home run, I was surprised it went out. It was at Qualcomm at night, where the ball doesn't travel that well to left-center. I swung at the first pitch, and it went out. Who knew? 10. He is 5-for-5 in stolen bases, making him second among active pitchers. Greg Maddux is first with six. "Anytime you want to learn about 100 percent ratio, come to me. I hope to get at least one more and tie him, assuming he doesn't add to his lead. I'm younger, so I have that working for me. I'm sure he's better at golf than me." 11. In his first start for Double-A Norwich in 1999, he threw a no-hitter and lost. "Doesn't everybody? The lesson here is don't walk the first guy of the inning, have him steal a base, get bunted over and score on a sacrifice fly or ground ball. It was eight innings [because it was a road game], and maybe they would've gotten a hit in the ninth inning. 12. In 2000, Eaton led the NL with a 2.34 ERA in daytime start. "That's kind of crazy, because I like my sleep. I remember looking back and thinking, how is this happening? For whatever reason, it worked out that way. I wish I could still do that. I'd list sleep as a hobby if I could, though I don't like to take naps, and I also don't like to go to sleep. It's weird. Sometimes I'll go to bed at 9 p.m. so I can get more sleep, but I'll stay up until 2 a.m. It's baseball-related, too, especially out here, because there are a lot of sports that are on later. 13. He once got thrown out of a game for hitting Albert Pujols with a 67-mph curveball. "Yeah [laughs and shakes his head], I hit him with a curve. Bo Hart was leading off the inning and Jim Edmonds was hitting second. Hart I ended up getting him out, but I almost hit him with two curveballs, then I struck out Edmonds. The night before, Pujols hit a walk-off homer, so they already decided what they were going to do. The first pitch to Pujols, I thought I'd stay soft and come in late. I threw it and hit him in the arm. That was it. I looked around, like, you're throwing me out? We went back and forth. I was yelling, 'I hit him with a curveball! If I'm going to hit somebody, I'm going to hit them as hard as I can with a fastball. If I can hit them with a curveball, I'm pretty darn good. I'm not that good. 14. He wears No. 23 with the Phillies. Ryan Franklin wore that number last season. More notable 23s include Don Mattingly, Ryne Sandberg and Michael Jordan. 15. He was selected 11th overall in 1996. Other Major League pitchers taken in that round: Kris Benson, Braden Looper, John Patterson, Eric Milton, Jake Westbrook, Gil Meche, Chris Reitsma and Jason Marquis.
Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.