/Jesse Orosco’s Pitching Career Is Defined by a Joyous Toss of a Glove

Jesse Orosco’s Pitching Career Is Defined by a Joyous Toss of a Glove

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Jesse Orosco at his home in California, where he keeps few mementos from his career.

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Sandy Huffaker for The New York Times

VALLEY CENTER, Calif. — Some New Yorkers, even after all these years, have an odd way of greeting Jesse Orosco. They jump up and down as if their shoes were on fire and then drop to their knees with their arms raised triumphantly.

“No matter what I do or where I go in New York,” Orosco said with a laugh. “Some people, it’s like they brainwash their kids. I’ve seen kids 5 years old — they’ll see me and say, ‘Jesse Orosco’ and drop to their knees.”

Orosco pitched in the major leagues for 24 years, played for nine teams and appeared in more games as a pitcher than anyone else. Yet the most indelible moment of his career centers not on a ball that he threw but on a glove — the one Orosco launched high into the air after striking out Boston’s Marty Barrett for the final out of Game 7 of the 1986 World Series.

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