Closer Than They Appear

I’d like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that the message on your car mirrors is correct: Objects in the mirror are, indeed, closer than they appear. Especially when the object is slamming into the back of your car.

This morning on my way to work, a streak nearly 10 years in the making was snapped in completely non-dramatic fashion. I was stopped at a red light. The car behind me was also stopped. I looked in my mirror to see the driver of said car brushing something off the outside of her car. Odd, but OK. I looked forward, then looked back in the mirror. Car is suddenly “coming in hot,” as they say. Oh boy.

To paraphrase Nationals radio guy Charlie Slowes, bang, zoom go the bumpers. After making sure my head was still attached to my neck, I was relieved to find out everybody was OK. Both cars could drive away (after exchanging of insurance information, of course). The Cobalt is getting checked out on Thursday, but all I can see with my untrained eye is a beat-up license plate. I’ll keep you updated.

Oh, yeah… And when I called to schedule my car appointment, the lady on the phone asked me how the team’s shaping up for this season. I’m glad people care, but she’s clearly not a reader of this blog. Sigh…

The more I think about it, the more I’m amazed at how many people get into way-more-serious car accidents and aren’t seriously hurt. In fact, apparently running into other cars is now encouraged in NASCAR. I’m not as into racing as I used to be, but when somebody’s car gets airborne at 100+ mph and the contact is intentional and nobody gets into real trouble, you wonder what it would take for things to be considered serious. Another Dale Earnhardt situation? I hope not.

So other than being a victim my first traffic accident as a driver in my life, we have a new website, as promised. It’s our third of the off-season and should last much longer than the last two. Let me know what you think!

Wednesday ramblings:

  • I got an e-mail yesterday that Colin Lynch signed with the Brockton Rox of the independent CanAm League. He pitched for the TinCaps in 2009 but was released by the Padres after the season. Now he’ll pitch for the Rox, about an hour from his home in New Hampshire, presumably hoping to impress somebody enough to get back into affiliated baseball. Here’s hoping for the best.
  • Fort Wayne alum (and darn good closer) Jackson Quezada is trying to come back from injury which wiped out his entire 2009 season… He gave up a grand slam to Grady Sizemore today, trying to clean up a messy 4th inning against the Indians. Aaron Poreda gave up 3 hits and 3 walks and didn’t get anybody out and Quezada tried to bail him out. No dice.
  • Simon Castro pitched two scoreless innings against the Indians: 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K. Cleveland had pulled most of their starters by then, but impressive nonetheless for a guy who was in Class-A last year.
  • Josh Judy, who went to Indiana Tech, pitched a scoreless inning for the Indians.
  • As I type this, it looks like the Indians are going to be 4-0 in Spring Training. Is there any way we can institute a “win rollover” program, like my cell phone plan has? I hope I’m wrong, but I think the Indians will need all the extra wins they can get this year.
  • Kyle Russell, who was a co-MVP in the Midwest League last year for Great Lakes, just sliced an RBI single for the Dodgers in a major-league Spring Training game.
  • The Browns are cutting quarterbacks like they’re going out of style. And Derek Anderson is a real idiot. Complain about the fans being “ruthless” after you have a 9.9 QB rating in the 4th quarter. Makes sense, right? Fact: Fans boo when you play poorly. Then you get cut.
  • Here’s a column about Cleveland fans being tough on QBs. The gist is that Browns fans have an obsession with the backup quarterback. Of course, they do. So do the fans of every other team with a horrible offense. Not that a new quarterback would suddenly make the Browns good… They need upgrades all over the place.
  • Fans, in Cleveland or otherwise, will cheer if you play well. Example: Albert/Joey Belle. He was an idiot, but he was our idiot, and he was awesome in the mid-90s.

That’s all for now. Barring any delayed head injury symptoms, I’ll be back on Friday.

Take care!

DW

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