With Koch heckling his former teammates from the stands, the Toronto Blue Jays erupted for five runs in the sixth inning en route to a 6-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
A former Blue Jays closer, Koch signed a one-year contract worth $900,000 with the team in the offseason. But he struggled in spring training, posting a 15.00 ERA in three outings before being released on March 17.
Upset with his release, Koch made his way to Tropicana Field to root against the team he saved 110 games for from 1999-2001, wearing an Aubrey Huff jersey and a Devil Rays hat while sitting in the stands with his 4-year-old daughter, Madyson.
"I went down (to the bullpen) and they said it's the funniest thing they had ever seen," said Koch, who lives in nearby Clearwater Beach. "Maybe (Devil Rays general manager Chuck LaMar) is up in the box and he'll see me and offer me a contract."
I really just feel bad for Billy. "Selling the closer" can have its sad moments, apparently.