OAKLAND, Calif. -- It's not every day a pro athlete stops by the Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute, so doctors and scientists were excited when A's pitcher Craig Breslow recently visited.
But Breslow really impressed them -- and not because he currently leads the American League in relief appearances. He explained how, as a Yale student who majored in molecular biophysics and biochemistry, his own laboratory work included protein purifications and DNA sequencing.
"Well," said Dr. Bert Lubin, the research institute's president, "we've certainly never had a baseball player who could speak our language."
There's a reason why The Wall Street Journal anointed Breslow "The Smartest Man in Baseball."