Yes, that’s former Dodger Eric Gagne behind a bar … and on a large screen

August 25, 2016 - Picnic Time

Eric Gagne used to emerge from a bullpen like Darth Vader overhanging a dental drill.

Even a dorky reserve goggles hinted during imminent doom. A blowtorch four-seamer. The change-up that forsaken like a bowling round off a cruise table. Get a sniff of that, with 3 outs to go in a bottom of a ninth. Whiff-whiff-whiff …

The party-sized reliever has “reinvented himself,” as they like to contend in this town. Now he’s a film writer and a bit actor … even on occasion, a veteran pitcher.

Welcome to a jungle, circa 2016.