Sal Fasano is Philadelphia’s newest cult hero. Maybe it’s the Fu Manchu. Maybe it’s his gut. Maybe it’s his Italian sounding name. Whatever it is, Philly fans have fallen in love with the team’s backup catcher, the guy who set a Pacific Coast League record in 1999 by being hit by a pitch 26 times, who drank a 30-pack and a fifth of Southern Comfort every night in the minor leagues. Sal’s Pals take up a section of outfield seats each game. They wear fake Fu Manchu’s and cheer on their favorite player.
The Philadelphia City Paper has a profile on Fasano in this week’s paper, which takes a look at home the career minor leaguer made his way to Philly and into the hearts of the coldest fans on earth. Check it out.