Tom 'The Bartender' Wilhelmsen grateful for Diamondbacks chance

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Tom 'The Bartender' Wilhelmsen grateful for Diamondbacks chance

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Tom 'The Bartender' Wilhelmsen grateful for Diamondbacks chance

It’s been seven years, but a good bartender can always remember how to pour a great drink. Just ask Diamondbacks relief pitcher Tom Wilhelmsen, who once gave up baseball to fall out of society, backpack across Europe, hike throughout North America’s state parks and yes, become a bartender in his hometown of Tucson.

“It was a blast,” the 33-year-old right-hander said.

The most popular drink at The Hut, a popular tiki bar near the University of Arizona campus where Wilhelmsen worked, has always been something called the Fat Man. The 60-ounce concoction is named after the first atomic bomb and it’s not just because the bar sits in a former metal fabrication plant that used to make bomb casings during World War II.

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