Earlier this month, some MLB pitchers took a fishing trip to the Amazon. Roy Halladay, Chris Carpenter, and B.J. Ryan made the trek to Brazil with professional sport fisherman and outdoor enthusiast, Skeet Reese. According to Reese, it turned into more than just a fishing trip.
In a post on his website entitled “A Jungle Out There,” Reese talked about the trip and noted that while the fishing wasn’t great, there were plenty of adventures. This was one of them.
We had plenty of wildlife encounters though. Along with the fishing, we decided to go hunting one night, and Carpenter and B.J. both shot a caiman; which is like an alligator. Me and Doc Halladay even came across a local, sitting bare naked on a tree by the river. What we were able to figure out is that he was fishing in the river for tropical fish to sell for aquariums when he got attacked by an anaconda.
The snake apparently bit him on the ass but he was able to free himself before the snake wrapped him up. Instead the snake wrapped around his motor on the back of his little 14 foot dugout canoe and tore it off the back of his boat. Doc and I helped him gather his gear and flip the boat back over and then towed him home. You could definitely see the bite mark on his ass, but he was able to fight it off; amazing.
Just another day in the Amazon. The question is do you buy this story? If it were any other pitcher, I would say no. Since we’re talking about a guy who can do stuff like this, why not? I’m as big a Doc Halladay fan as the next guy. Who am I to doubt him? Thank god for the Doc.
Thanks to CSNPhilly.com for passing the story along.