Spring Drags On

Mid-March is about the time when I begin to find Spring Training dull and get anxious for the real games to begin.  Ok yes, Joe Blanton had a good outing against the Tigers today after a shaky spring start.  Cole Hamels looks like he is in good shape with two solid performances so far.  The bats are jumping and as a team, the Phillies are hitting at an average of .301 with 7 homers and 36 RBI.  And still, I am a bit sleepy about the whole thing.

In my boredom today, I decided to scan through this week’s MLB headlines to see what was going on around the league.  Here are a few fun tidbits I came across in my search:

  • Yankees shortstop and baseball God, Derek Jeter, sat out of a Spring Training game with flu symptoms.  And then an Angel lost its wings :O(

  • At age 39, Brian Giles, former Padre, has decided to retire.  It was either that or start taking the same magical, fountain of youth pills that Jamie Moyer takes.
  • Angels center fielder Torii Hunter told USA Today that Latin Americans are “imposters” in relation to black ballplayers.  Hunter was then rushed to Jose Reyes’ Canadian doctor and diagnosed with “foot-in-mouth” disease.  He was given a “special” injection and should be back to hitting homers in no time.
  • 86224234_jpg_25207_cropped.jpgRed Sox Nomar Garciaparra also retired this week.  He now has plenty of free time to write a memoir about the many baseball adventures of his gigantic nose.  Did it provide shade when trying to catch a pop fly in the sun?  How many times did the nose save his life by blocking a high, inside pitch?  It will be a must-read.
  • Braves Manager Bobby Cox reported that Derek Lowe was suffering from a blister.  “He gutted through it, and it’s a mess,” Cox said about the blister. “I don’t know how he pitched at all.”  I know what he means; last week, I broke a nail and was not sure if I could go on typing.  I toughed it out as I could not disappoint my readers – that is how much I love you guys.
  • In an interview with ESPN, Milton Bradley whined that he received hate mail from the Cubs last year.  He went on to note that unless you’re “Superman or you’re Andre Dawson, Ernie Banks or [in the] Hall of Fame, then it’s going to be tough” for African-American players in Chicago.  I don’t suppose his .257 batting average had anything to do with his difficulties?  Oh, and wasn’t Superman a white dude?  Just sayin’…
  • Going back to the drug-dealing Canadian doctor, Alex Rodriguez was treated by this same guy after hip surgery last year.  In response to the investigation, A-Rod said, “I am aware of an investigation, and I plan on cooperating.”  The last time he “cooperated” there were no real consequences; so hey, no biggie.

Come on Opening Day!  Get here….quick!

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Reyes photo by Jenn

Garciaparra photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

 

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7 Comments

Wow, Jenn, if I didn’t know any better, after looking at your headline entries, I might think baseball was a sinking ship! LOL. Gotta love the characters though… no one gets me more fired up than that waste of a human Milton Bradley. Yeah, Milton, I said it. So what?
–Jeff
http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/
http://mtrredstatebluestate.com

Jenn,
I want to first curse Mother Nature for ruining a perfectly good Rays/Phillies match-up today and sending some of the Phillies faithful home from Port Charlotte unhappy who did not see the postponement notice online or in their local news blurps today.
Only good thing is that it gives some of the walking wounded around MLB (at least in Fl) another day’s rest and chance to heal.
Rainy days sometimes makes do things like scan the internet for baseball news, but tomorrow the weather reports looks bright,sunny with highs in the low 70′s….Florida weather once again!

Rays Renegade

http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

I’m with you lets get on with it already….. love your review of the week…. be careful though I got hate mail picking on Reyes and then A-Rod in posts…. although I am considering another on Reyes, since I found out that the possible symptoms he is showing can be a result of taking HGH… and takes 4 to 8 weeks to get out of your system… interesting, i am sure the Mets doc’s know all this hence his delay in season starting….

~peter
Outside the Phillies Looking In
http://devilabrit.mlblogs.com

Apparently, Jeter thinks his flu was really food poisoning. I sure hope I don’t eat at the same restaurant in Tampa that he did!

- http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

Jeff – Agree about Milton…yuck.
Cliff – Hope the sun comes out for ya!
Peter – Some people have no sense of humor…I ignore them :O) Besides, if these players were all model citizens, we’d have little to entertain ourselves with…LOL
Jane – Avoid sushi…that is always my motto. ;O) Hope Jeter gets better soon! Luv him :O)

Really disappointed in Torii Hunter’s comments. He came off like an idiot. Just like Mr. Milton Bradley and the junk he’s been saying about the Cubbies. It was nice to laugh about it, though. Nice jokes!

http://raysfanboy.mlblogs.com/

Jenn,
Your posts are always entertaining. Thanks for the laughs. I can’t believe Tori Hunter said those thigs. Bradley? Well, we know better with him. I am counting the days till Opening Day at Dodger Stadium. The wait is going to be longer since they open in Pittsburgh first.
Emma
http://myteamrivals.typepad.com/dodgers/
http://crzblue.mlblogs.com

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