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Aardsma's the man in Seattle

Updated: May 20, 2009, 2:15 PM ET
By Eric Karabell | ESPN.com

Until mid-March, when his name was casually mentioned as one of the possibilities for saves in the Seattle bullpen, David Aardsma had one claim to fame: Open the humongous "Baseball Encyclopedia" with thousands of players listed, and the only one ahead of Hank Aaron is, well, you guessed it, him.

Now Aardsma is making a name for himself as an unlikely closer for the Mariners, and so far, so good, I'd say. Sure, it took a number of scenarios for him to earn the role in the first place, ...

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