The above photo is Brandon Wood's first at-bat with the Arkansas Travelers, which took place on April 16, 2006. Other than the news-making shot of the "NLR" on the jerseys as revealed in the preseason workout at Ray Winder Field, this was the first original photo that ran on Travelerocity.
So Wood, who was one of the biggest prospects in Minor League Baseball that year and had the highest ceiling of any player to come through Little Rock since probably J.D. Drew, will always have a special place in the annals of this website.
However... I'm not a scout, but I play one on the Internet, and it was proposed on this website by myself and others that the Angels should trade Wood while his stock was rising to get more value because there were some red flags while he was here that suggested he might not be the next Cal Ripken (as one professional scout dubbed him).
With that said, Travelerocity wishes Wood nothing but the best as he restarts his career in Pittsburgh after having been dumped by Angels manager Mike Sciosia. Looking forward to seeing him play more now that he is in a nearer time zone playing in a division much of Arkansas devotedly follows.
Pittsburgh is going to let Wood roam the infield until they find the spot that fits him best, and they are going to give him time to develop at the plate. Here's hoping this works out big time for Wood and the Pirates' No. 1 fan, Travs radio voice Phil Elson.
We've got your back, B Wood.
-- Travelerocity reporter