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Better Know a Dodger . . . Joe Beimel

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Three Dodger pitchers combined on a 2-hit shutout, and Nomar Garciaparra hit a 2-run single to lead Los Angeles to a 3-0 victory last night over the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium. Left-handed set-up relief pitcher Joe Beimel was not one of the pitchers involved in the shutout. Nevertheless, Mr. Beimel does have the good fortune of being the subject in Part 2 of our 436-Part series, "Better Know a Dodger".

Joseph Ronald Beimel was born April 19, 1977 in St. Mary's Pennsylvania (guess your evite to Joe's big 30th B-day bash next week at LAX must not have made it over the firewall at work). A true Keystone Stater, Joe went to college at Duquesne University, then signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1998 amateur entry draft.

Joe Beimel's most famous moment with the Dodgers occurred in New York last October prior to the Dodgers' matchup against the Mets in the National League Divisional Series. The memorable moment was not on the mound at Shea, rather, it was at 2:30 am in a Manhattan bar where Beimel ripped open his left hand on a shattered glass. The wound would require 10 stitches, and, to quote Beimel, "I wasn't there drinking sodas all night." Beimel initially lied and told the club he sliced open his hand in his hotel room, but came clean eventually. Regardless, the Dodgers went on to lose the series in 3 straight without Beimel's services. And thus, a scapegoat was born.

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Beimel has returned to the Dodgers this year, with a new attitude and a broken heart tattoo on his right shoulder, superimposed over the New York City skyline with the motto (People I'm not kidding here - you can't make this stuff up) "Only God Knows Why" surrounding the image. The motto is actually the title of one of Beimel's favorite Kid Rock songs.

Joe Beimel is 6' 2" tall and weighs in at 201 pounds. He lost an arbitration case this offseason (darn binge drinking) and will pull in only $912,500 this season. Joe and his wife Emily (sorry again, ladies) have two children, Andrew (10) and Claire (5). Joe wears the number 97 to recognize his first born's year of birth. It is the highest number ever worn by a Los Angeles Dodger.

Joe's presence on the ebays is minimal, a few 8X10 photos and some signed baseballs. The classiest item is a black Joe Beimel fielding glove he used in Spring Training, autographed by the man himself. Starting price, $49.99. No bids, yet.

A bit more on Joe Beimel's playing career after the jump.