April 06, 2011
At just 18 years of age and only a season of minor league ball under his belt, it could be a while before New York Yankees minor league catcher Gary Sanchez sees the major leagues.
But in the meantime, Sanchez may be getting a call up to a different kind of show.
A show with actor Will Ferrell and his producing partner Adam McKay.
As you might know, the pair responsible for movies like "Anchorman" and "Talladega Nights" have a production company that is coincidentally named Gary Sanchez Productions. The name comes from the supposed financier of the company, Paraguayan entrepreneur Gary Sanchez.
But unlike the Yankees prospect, that Gary Sanchez doesn't actually exist. As explained by McKay to Marc Maron on the WTF Podcast, Ferrell once used "Gary Sanchez" as a fake name on his BlackBerry and thought it was a random enough name to use for their company.
While in New York for Comedy Central's Comedy Awards, Ferrell and McKay learned of the baseball player namesake and said they must hang out with him.
"It's so shocking, man," McKay said of the coincidence. "All I can tell you is that he's welcome at our offices anytime. If he wants his silhouette to become the official symbol for our company, we're open to it—and we in no way will be pursuing any trade lawsuits against his existence."
Well, that's a relief. Sanchez is set to begin the season with the Class A Charleston River Dogs, who open play Thursday night at Lexington. Perhaps an intrepid reporter can ask Sanchez about his prospective Hollywood buddies?
At the very least, Sanchez should be able to arrange an appearance on HBO's "Eastbound and Down," produced by Gary Sanchez Productions. Maybe he can step in the box to face Kenny Powers when shooting begins this summer?