Cubs reliever Andrew Chafin made his MLB debut in 2014 and went about his business for seven years before suddenly becoming one of the most intriguing players in the game because it looks like he’s been teleported from 1988 to 2021. Now in his eighth year as a veteran reliever, Chafin is doing things like asking Cubs fans where he can get cars to match his style as a 1988 MLB player.
Chafin, a 1st round pick of the Diamondbacks out of Kent State in 2011, asking Cubs fans to find him a car turned into the pitcher buying a 1988 Pontiac Firebird to embrace his new style. This isn’t the first time ‘Big Country’ did something intriguing with his baseball money. Back in 2016, Chafin lived in a 42-foot toy hauler during Spring Training. Then Chafin lived in the RV during the season.
Hey @cubs fans! I’m looking to buy an old “beater” car for like 2k to drive around the city cuz my truck is way too big for the narrow streets here. Must be manual transmission! Haha cut me a good deal and we can mix in free tickets throughout the season!!
— andrew chafin (@BigCountry1739) April 10, 2021
The Ohio native told AZCentral.com that if baseball didn’t work out he’d probably be a mechanic or a jack-of-all-trade type. Now a married father of two, Chafin’s still finding work around baseball as a competent left-handed middle reliever who doesn’t cost a team much money ($2.25 million this season) and has transformed his ‘Big Country’ lifestyle into a Kenny Powers meets ‘Big Country’ character.
“Where’s the best place to go do burnouts and donuts in this city??……asking for a friend…,” Chafin tweeted Thursday before being inundated with suggestions from fans who can’t get enough of baseball’s most interesting man.
If you’re looking for a guy to root for this season, Chafin is your guy. It’s time to get onboard.
@cubs fans are the absolute without a doubt best fans out there! Thank you to everyone who tried to help with the search!! I couldn’t pass this beauty up! If anyone needs a good used car go check out First Class Motors Direct! They took great care of me and can help you too!!! pic.twitter.com/fNv4ubzrw9
— andrew chafin (@BigCountry1739) April 15, 2021
Where’s the best place to go do burnouts and donuts in this city??……asking for a friend…
— andrew chafin (@BigCountry1739) April 22, 2021
I’ve come here to chew bubblegum and strike you out.
And I’m all out of bubblegum. pic.twitter.com/jwnsl7EEql
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) April 8, 2021