It’s one thing to engage in a little espionage as did the construction worker/Red Sox fan who
embedded a David Ortiz jersey in the concrete at the new Yankee Stadium; it’s another thing to be so stupid to do it and then not be able to keep his mouth shut about it while there’s still
time to dig the thing out. Not only is this person—-identified by the AP as Gino Castignoli—-going to have trouble finding a job after this episode (given the times we live in, I don’t know if there are many people in New York who are going to want someone who would pull something like this working for them in such an important circumstance as the structure of a high-capacity, high-traffic building), but he’s also an idiot because he couldn’t keep his mouth shut about his little escapade. If he’d been able to keep quiet about this until the stadium was just about finished, they would never have been able to find the jersey or excavate it. There’s only one foolproof way to keep a secret—-DON’T TELL ANYONE!!!
- The National League Least:
Each one of the teams that were expected to battle for the division all look awful. The Braves starting rotation is showing it’s age and their bullpen is short; the Mets are in a dream world and playing like they’re taking a cue from their manager and are doing whatever pops
into their heads without viable reason for doing so; and the Phillies seem to find a different way to blow games on a daily basis. Without bias, I have to say the team with the best top to bottom personnel is the Mets, but of the three managers, Willie Randolph is the weakest. Bobby Cox is one of the top three managers in baseball; and while Charlie Manuel and Willie Randolph both have their shortcomings strategically, Manuel’s players love him so much that they’re willing to go that extra mile just because of that affection. With Randolph, I get the impression that the players have had just about enough of him and are playing like it.
- Pitchers getting hurt:
Given how durable he’s been over the years, it was unexpected to see Tom Glavine strain his hamstring. He’s never looked like he’s overexerting himself on the mound, but it goes to show that eventually age catches up to everyone. On the flip side, the Mariners have to be having nightmares with Erik Bedard. Having given up the bounty they surrendered to get him from the Orioles, they must have been hoping that Bedard’s injury-riddled past wouldn’t creep up so early, but already he’s having problems with his hip. The injury isn’t expected to be serious, but with something like a hip it has to be a concern that the problem is going to be chronic. Add in all of Bedard’s historical physical problems and there’s always a question of how much they’re going to get out of him over the course of the season.
- The Yankees Young Pitching:
Here’s a quote from my book about the Yankees young starters:
The season is going to come down to how the young pitchers deal with being in the major leagues as important cogs from the beginning of the season. My guess is that at least one, or possibly two will struggle enough to be sent back to the minor leagues.
What exactly is the backup plan if Ian Kennedy and Phil Hughes continue pitching this way? The Yankees are going to have no choice but to continue putting them out there on the big league mound and hope they learn fast not just because of their talent and the team’s commitment to them, but because they have no other choice.
Francisco Liriano looked like he was struggling with his tweaked motion and appeared
afraid to throw the ball. He’s not going to be anything close to what he was until he cuts loose. As for Brian Bannister, with each and every dominating start (not just good, dominating) he’s making me look like an idiot and it’s making me very angry.
- Top 100 Baseball Sites:
I’ve registered my blog with Top 100 Baseball Sites and am having
trouble figuring out how to link the picture on the link list to the right, so I’m going to post the logo in an occasional blog until things (hopefully) get straightened out in this forum and it’s easier to adjust the sidebar and add things.