Ivan 'Pudge' Rodriguez Doubles Pleasure, Changes Jersey Number

Richard ZowieCorrespondent IJuly 21, 2009

PHOENIX - JUNE 14:  Ivan Rodriguez #12 of the Houston Astros at bat during the major league baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 14, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Astros defeated the Diamondbacks 8-3.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

You recently may have noticed Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez' jersey number looking different.

Seven was his number for much of his career, except for when he went to the New York Yankees (who've retired No. 7 in honor of Mickey Mantle) and with the Astros (where No. 7 is retired in honor of Mr. Craig Biggio). So, to compensate, he wore No. 12.

And now, Rodriguez is wearing No. 77.

Rodriguez apparently missed his old number and wanted some way to wear it. I guess he figured this was the best way to wear it. I wonder where he got the idea...David Wells wanted to wear No. 3 (Babe Ruth's number) with the Yankees and when told, duh, no, he chose No. 33 as a way of having double the number.