November 2010

I’m in a glass case of emotion

Just minutes ago, I received maybe the most disheartening news of the off-season so far: Sal Fasano, former major-league catcher, is now Sal Fasano, former Lansing Lugnuts manager. He did such a good job in Lansing last year, the Blue Jays are sending him to Double-A New Hampshire for 2011.

Understand, Sal Fasano is as awesome as he looks, and that’s really saying something. He’s a good manager on the field, he’s friendly, he’s funny, he writes his lineup in calligraphy every day (he grew up with calligraphy as a hobby), he’s an avid woodworker, he has good taste in music, he has the delightful Fu Manchu, and he’s the only manager who’s ever told me I could “punch him in the face” if I didn’t think a YouTube video was funny. He’s everything you’d ever want in a minor-league manager.

Former MLB catcher Mike Redmond was hired by the Blue Jays to be the new Lansing manager. Like Fasano he’s a former journeyman MLB catcher. Unlike Fasano, he doesn’t have sweet facial hair. But he seems like exactly the kind of guy to be an outstanding minor-league manager or coach. He’s got a high standard to live up to. Mike Nutter says Redmond is a great guy and that’s good enough for me.

Random thoughts:

  • Former TinCap Mat Latos is in the running for MLB Breakout Player of the Year. Vote now, vote often.
  • Yorvit Torrealba signed with the Rangers. Add another supplemental draft pick to the mix. That’s four picks in the first and sandwich rounds coming to the Padres in 2011. If Kevin Correia leaves, it’ll be five.
  • The San Diego paper seems a little bent out of shape by Torrealba (and Jon Garland) leaving, talking about the Padres’ “direction.” Both players both had good years and I’m not sure how easy it’ll be to find another catcher who will hit .271 on the cheap, but I think about it this way: When David Eckstein rehabbed with the TinCaps, he flat-out said, “We know we’re not this good.” Meaning the Padres were winning games, but a lot of things had to go right for that to happen. Meaning, by extension, that maybe the 2011 performance wasn’t completely sustainable. Let’s say you’re Torrealba. You have the option of a one-year deal with a team that played over its head and might end up with a $40 million payroll again (the Padres), OR a two-year deal with a team that just went to the World Series and is talking about spending big for either Cliff Lee or a traded Zack Greinke. Which place are you going? Also, Jon Garland outside of Petco Park will be decent, but not Jon Garland pitching half his games at Petco Park.
  • The Padres might not be big players at the Winter Meetings. Surprise!
  • You might be interested in this book review on a book about minor-league players.
  • You might also be interested in this article about why the Colts stink.
  • The latest example of how Twitter (especially in the wrong hands) is dumb.
  • Sledding? Ice skating? At a major-league ballpark? In Cleveland? Where do I sign up? I’m in negotiations with groundskeeper Keith Winter to build giant sledding hills on our field in a couple of months. Keith Winter’s Wonderland, here we come!
  • Michael Jordan, what should LeBron do?
  • As much as I hate to predict this, I feel like LeBron coming back to Cleveland for the first time is going to get ugly. This is the same town that threw full beer bottles onto the field during a football game against a team not named the Steelers or Ravens.

And now, your Cleveland-Miami football fact of the day: Don Shula, who led the 1972 Dolphins to the NFL’s only perfect season, is from Cleveland and attended John Carroll University. In fact, the football stadium at JCU is named after him. Bernie Kosar, who was the only real quarterback ever to play at “The U,” is from northeast Ohio. Unless you consider Gino Toretta, Steve Walsh, Ken Dorsey, Vinny Testaverde or Brock Berlin a real quarterback. So, in summary, you’re welcome, Miami. Without northeast Ohio, you wouldn’t even have football.

Musical guest and Cleveland natives, the Michael Stanley Band!

Take care!

DW

Co-Rivals

You should probably know that Abby Naas and I are mortal enemies this week. This is what happens when the classic Browns-Dolphins rivalry renews itself. When the pranks get into full swing, you’ll be the first to know. Well, maybe more like the fifth or sixth. Given the number of people who are probably reading this, you definitely won’t be later than the 15th person to find out.

In the first of many Browns-Dolphins comparisons for this week, let’s compare the acting abilities of the  franchises’ most recognizable players.

Dan Marino‘s cameo in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective is one of the worst performances ever captured on film. This is a true fact.

Jim Brown was kind of a legitimate actor. He was nominated for two Golden Laurel Awards for his performance in “The Dirty Dozen.” Thirty years later, he was nominated for an MTV Movie Award for a fight scene in “Mars Attacks!” (I didn’t know any of these awards even existed before today, but it counts for something, right?) He was also Montezuma Monroe in “Any Given Sunday,” (why nobody made “Any Given Sunday II: Montezuma’s Revenge” is one of the great mysteries in film history) and most importantly appeared in the holy trinity of 80s TV shows: CHiPs, Knight Rider and The A-Team. Which means he has shared the screen with Charles Bronson, Erik Estrada, David Hasselhoff and Mr. T.

Advantage: Browns. Easily.

Lots of good reading from the long weekend. Here goes…

Random thoughts:

  • Legendary author Ben Hill talked about us hosting Triple-A games on the Biz Blog over the weekend.
  • The Padres should have three of the top 36 picks (or something in that neighborhood) in the 2011 draft now that Jon Garland signed with the Dodgers. RHP Kevin Correia and C Yorvit Torrealba also were offered arbitration and would both Type-B free agents, so if they leave, San Diego would get a supplemental-round pick for each of them.
  • Speaking of Correia, I’d never heard this story about his brother. Remember: pro athletes are people, too.
  • Sean Burroughs signed a minor-league deal with the Diamondbacks. To be a player. I’m not making this up. He hasn’t been in pro ball since 2007.
  • Funniest alleged quote of the hot-stove season so far: Derek Jeter needs to “drink the reality potion.”
  • Hero to baseball nerds everywhere, Bill James did an interview. He gets a little deep in his answer to the final question.
  • Peter Gammons says the Tigers are spending money.
  • The Indians used to be good and now… they aren’t. Thanks for the reminder, complete with visual aids.
  • The Angels’ Top-10 prospect list according to Baseball America is posted. Six have played in the MWL in the last two years.
  • To long-toss or not to long-toss? It’s a pretty important debate for people in the pitching baseballs business.
  • Juan Uribe will make $21 million over the next three years. I feel like I’m taking crazy pills.
  • This G6 song must be stopped. Same for the Black Eyed Peas rip-off of “Time of My Life.” Nobody ruins great karaoke jams and gets away with it. NOBODY!
  • I’ll be honest, though. I do like the new(er) Nelly song.
  • “If you don’t dream, you’re living in a memory.” – TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte. Words to live by.
  • Surely Leslie Nielsen can’t be dead. One of the original kings of dry humor. Bummer.

Musical guest, The Black Keys!

Take care!

DW

To Jason Hagerty!

Jason Hagerty is the Topps Class-A All-Star catcher for 2010. It’s a nice honor, but especially impressive because the selections were made from BOTH levels of full-season Class-A baseball. Meaning, twice as many people were eligible for this compared to the Double-A and Triple-A teams.

I thought it would go to either Hagerty or Wil Myers from the Royals organization, who played at Class-A Burlington and Advanced-A Wilmington. To compare the numbers:

Hagerty: .423 OBP, 14 HR, 74 RBIs, 11 passed balls, threw out 34% of runners stealing
Myers: .429 OBP, 14 HR, 83 RBIs, 20 passed balls, threw out 32%

Pretty darn close offensively, with the understanding that Myers went up a level at mid-season to play at one of the worst hitters’ parks in the minors.

Defensively, Hagerty’s numbers look better. Understand that the official “caught stealing” numbers aren’t even close to reliable; if a pitcher picks off a runner and it turns into a rundown, it’s scored as either a caught stealing or a stolen base despite the fact that the catcher probably never even touched the ball. I kept the “non-BS” caught stealing stat in my game notes this year and Hagerty threw out 28%. Still respectable.

What does this mean for the future? Who knows. Hagerty just turned 23, Myers turns 20 in a couple of weeks, so Myers gets more love from scouts.

Now the Bill Brasky-esque list of Hagerty’s superhuman feats from 2010:

  • Had a 31-game on-base streak ending in early July
  • From the all-star break through mid-August, had one of the best OPS numbers in the minors
  • Hit .351 with 9 homers after the break while catching just about every game in crazy-hot weather during his first full year of pro baseball
  • Hit five homers in a five-game stretch in early August, including a ball he hit in Lansing which a lot of Lansing people said was the furthest home run they’d ever seen at that park. If you look at this photo, he hit it off the roof of the picnic tent just to the right of the scoreboard. You know, the one behind the 412-foot sign. Is that good?
  • Drives an ice cream truck covered in human skulls

To Jason Hagerty!

Musical guest, Billy Joel!

Happy Thanksgiving!

DW

Gobble-dee-gobble-dee-giggle

As you know, Thanksgiving is two days away. Best holiday of the year. No presents, just food and football. And flammables the night before in an event we call Thanksburning Day back home.

As you may not have known, Benjamin Franklin wanted our “national animal” to be the turkey. Apparently he thought the bald eagle was lazy and cowardly. And he also must have never heard of the most patriotic animal of all time, the bald Hogan. Which sort of relates to Thanksgiving, when only the greatest eaters in the world can eat a huge turkey lunch, fall asleep watching football, then rally like Hulk Hogan and eat a normal dinner. I used to be able to do this, but no more.

How does this relate to baseball? Well, I guess this whole thing makes Ben Franklin the first American to complain about a mascot decision. He paved the way for more recent complainers, such as those who have sprang up in Omaha, Nebraska, calling the name Storm Chasers “ridiculous.” In the end, I think we all end up realizing that WE were the ones being ridiculous for getting so up-in-arms about the name of a baseball team.

Random thoughts:

  • Two more teams have unveiled new logos without changing their team name: the Altoona Curve and the Kannapolis Intimidators.
  • I missed this earlier, but MLB.com picked the Padres’ minor-league players of the year.
    Pitcher of the Year was Maria Stein, Ohio native (and Ohio State alum)
    LHP Cory Luebke. Player of the Year was OF Mike Baxter. Both played in
    Fort Wayne.
  • I grew up around racing, so I can’t help but notice stories like these: Jimmie Johnson, who won the Sprint Cup championship, did so with another team’s pit crew doing all the work during pit stops. This hasn’t been seen since “Days of Thunder,” when Russ Wheeler’s crew helped push archrival Cole Trickle’s car off pit road. Which is second only to the scene where Cole couldn’t come onto pit road because the entire crew was eating ice cream.
  • If you thought stories about college football players getting improper benefits were fun, now we could have some involving baseball players and agents! Super!
  • Dave Hutte status update: “Dave Hutte is making the Dave Hutte #1 for the first time in months: Tater-tot casserole. Yum yum!”
  • Seriously, Dave Hutte is a decent cook.
  • Joe Paterno says he’s coming back to Penn State next year. Do you realize he’s been there since the Truman administration?
  • Ohio State plays Michigan on Saturday. It only FEELS like the last time Michigan won that game was during the Truman administration.

Musical guest, the Ohio State University Marching Band!

Happy Thanksgiving and go Bucks!

DW

CANNONBALL!

Like I said, we’re not curing cancer over here, but hosting Triple-A games at a Class-A ballpark is a pretty big splash. I can’t find any record of this happening anywhere else in Minor League Baseball.

Several teams have played minor-league games at major-league parks. The Dayton Dragons had their team play an exhibition game against a team of the Reds’ top minor-league prospects, which is about as close as I could think of to what we’re going to have here.

Also, when it was a huge mystery what our announcement was going to be, the best guess came from a commenter: “Are you going to be the #4 hitter on the Opening Day roster?” Which is ridiculous… I’m a table setter, baby.

Random thoughts:

  • Speaking of Padres Triple-A baseball, looks like all of you missed this article from the Tuscon newspaper from five days ago.
  • The Padres added seven players to their 40-man roster, protecting them from the Rule 5 Draft which happens in a few weeks at the Winter Meetings. Six of those players have come through Fort Wayne, including RHP Simon Castro and INF Jeudy Valdez within the last two years. That doesn’t mean they’ll play in the major leagues next year, but it eliminates a big hurdle for them to do so.
  • If you have no idea what the Rule 5 Draft is, that’s OK. It probably means you have a life. There’s an explanation of the whole thing here. Because Wikipedia is always right.
  • The top 10 prospect list for the White Sox came out today. If you’re into that sort of thing.
  • Apparently it’s old news, but some former White Sox employees could be in trouble for skimming bonuses from Latin American prospects. Ugly.
  • The Arizona Fall League season finished on Saturday. Dustin Ackley was the league MVP.
  • Ryne Sandberg is still kind of mad that the Cubs didn’t hire him to be their big-league manager. I think being a major-league bench coach would be a nice “masters program” for anybody who thinks he’s ready to manage. They’re usually the manager’s right-hand man.
  • Joey Votto is the National League MVP. You know, the same Joey Votto who was a second-round pick but still needed two years in the Midwest League to be ready for higher levels. You just never know who’s going to become what.
  • I watched “Elf” yesterday. I know it’s not even Thanksgiving yet, but I couldn’t help myself. Instant Christmas classic. Along with “Jingle All The Way.” Wait…
  • Not sure how I missed this late Johnny Cash song, but wow.
  • Tony Kornheiser’s stunt double was fired from coaching the Vikings today. Bummer.

Musical guest, by request (sort-of)… Bruce Springsteen!


Take care!

DW

An urgent and horrifying news story

This afternoon we’re going to make a pretty big announcement. You know, in the scope of a Minor League Baseball team. It’s not like we’re finding the cures to all sorts of medical ailments or anything, but I think people will be impressed.

And no, we’re not becoming a Triple-A franchise. Don’t be ridiculous.

(Not that it’s the worst guess of all time)…

Let your imaginations run wild!

DW

The most interesting post in the world

I think we’re all well aware of the Most Interesting Man in the World and the Most Interesting Man in Fort Wayne. Well, get ready for the most interesting post in the universe, at least in the last few hours.

You know how you see some infomercials and immediately think, “that is a made-up product and they just made this commercial as a joke to fill the time they couldn’t sell”? Well, the other night I saw a commercial for something called Lazywear. Has to be a Jim Gaffigan sketch, right? Wrong. Lazywear is real, and it’s spectacular.

Apparently a couple of Wisconsin buzzcuts decided they wanted it to be OK for adults to wear one-piece infant pajamas, and enough hipsters people agree that it’s become a legitimate business. Lazywear: what sweats and snuggies always wanted to say but just never got the courage.

Random thoughts:

  • Our old buddy and former TinCaps closer Brad Brach was featured on Padres.com. Forget aboout him being drafted in the 42nd round. Hits 92-94 with the fastball, good slider and change. He rules.
  • My favorite part about Brach is how quickly he worked. Well, now major league pitchers’ paces can be analyzed statistically. Shocker: the Yankees and Red Sox have the two slowest-working pitching staffs in baseball.
  • Hitters are getting hit by pitches more often than ever. Probably because everyone stands on top of the plate.
  • The Asheville Tourists recently redesigned their logos. One of their alternate logos is a moon eating a spare rib. This doesn’t seem to make any sense until you remember that Saturday Night Live used to be funny and had a good line about this very topic. Coincidence? You be the judge.
  • Some new minor-league logos/names got ripped by a very good baseball writer who doesn’t specialize in the promotional side of Minor League Baseball. Legendary author Ben Hill was not pleased. I saw the same article Ben saw and thought a lot of the same things.
  • I think it’s safe to say most people in Fort Wayne have settled down about the whole Wizards-becoming-TinCaps thing. Now people in Omaha are shocked and insulted and offended and hurt and embarrassed… and… and… HURT… about changing their team’s name from “Royals” to “Storm Chasers.” Do you wish you could have had a future version of yourself warn you that it’s just baseball and it wasn’t worth getting all bent out of shape about? Like in “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” when Future Ted sees Regular Ted in front of the mini-mart and reminds him to wind his watch so he wouldn’t be late for his history presentation, which was the whole reason he traveled through time and crammed 15 historical figures into a phone booth in the first place?
  • Felix Hernandez won the AL Cy Young despite a 13-12 record. Sabermetricians are having a party the likes of which haven’t been seen since Endor after Luke blew up the Death Star on “Return of the Jedi.”
  • Not that it’s important, but it makes me wonder: If we’d been more into the advanced statistics years ago, what awards might have gone differently? Example: In 1987, Nolan Ryan finished fifth in the NL Cy Young voting… with an 8-16 record. Why? Because he put up a league-best 2.76 ERA (nobody else was under 3.00) and STRUCK OUT 270! AND HE WAS 40 YEARS OLD! And he had an innings cap because he’d had an elbow injury the previous year! Excellent recap of Ryan’s season here. Ryan should’ve at least been second in the voting, if not first.
  • People can invest in teenage Dominican baseball prospects now. I’m not sure how I feel about this, but it sure isn’t “save a kid in a third-world country for a dollar a day” charitableness.
  • Fort Wayne alum (and one-time No. 1 overall draft pick) Matt Bush was added to Tampa’s 40-man roster, protecting him from the Rule 5 Draft. He was drafted as a shortstop, struggled and was switched over to pitching where he’s had success when healthy.

Musical guest… Hall and Oates!

Take care!

DW

Rumors on the Internets

You want some juicy rumors from the far reaches of the Internets? YOU GOT IT!

  • Apparently Kevin Towers is taking trade offers for Justin Upton. Fact: There aren’t many players in baseball who are untouchable. Especially on an Arizona team that needs some shaking up. Is any of this true to begin with? Who knows, and they’d have to get an unbelievable offer to move Upton, but it’s interesting to think about.
  • The AL Cy Young voting will tell us a decent amount about how far sabermetrics have come. I was watching MLB Network last night and it’s pretty clear Harold Reynolds (and others) still care most about the “wins” category. And for anyone who talks about baseball for a living, that’s a shame.
  • Scott Boras says Adrian Beltre has performed at similar levels to certain Hall of Famers at similar stages of their careers. Does he really believe this stuff or is he just trying to do his job?
  • Trading a manager for a player? Nobody’s admitting to it, but it would be fun to see.

Random thoughts:

  • Bud Black, NL Manager of the Year. O-Riiiiiiight. Best line in the article: “Vegas had us winning 71 games. They don’t build those casinos by losing money.” – GM Jed Hoyer
  • Peter Gammons wrote something again. Read it.
  • Bryan, Ohio native Chris Carpenter is impressing people in the Arizona Fall League. According to a scout (bottom of the article), he has a chance to be a frontline starter.
  • Ohio State blew it open late against Florida in basketball the other night. Watch out for the Buckeyes.
  • Working the remote control while watching multiple games on TV is an art form. Amen, brother.
  • If there are any single ladies reading this (even I’m laughing at the ridiculousness of that), here’s a single guy worth your attention.
  • Want off-season fireworks at Parkview Field? We’ll have them Wednesday night. And that’s not even mentioning the steel cage matches we have between staff members every day during lunchtime.
  • More TinCaps staff volleyball tonight. Combined, the teams have a record of 28-12. We’re like a gravy train with biscuit wheels. And you’d better believe we do the Top Gun high five like nobody’s business.
  • Dave Hutte Status Update: “Money for nothing. Chicks for free.”

Musical guest, Ben Folds!

Take care!

DW

No, YOU lock it up!

When you spend an entire summer battling for survival (more literally than I care to discuss) in the swamps of Florida, you tend to keep in touch with the people you met there who were decent human beings. Such is the case with my buddy Matt, who went down in history for his part in the greatest photograph ever taken. Against all odds, a woman agreed to marry him (which gives us all hope) and I’ve been invited to witness the ceremony. Probably because he knows it’s the only way I’d believe it actually happened. Maybe it’s because he’s familiar with my work on the dance floor.

Anyway, the invitation came in the mail the other day. Wedding invitations contain things you don’t see anywhere else in life. First of all, they’re the fanciest things of all time. Has anyone ever been persuaded to go to a wedding because the invitation was nice? Would you decide NOT to go to a wedding if the invitation was written in crayon? If so, you’re the worst friend/family member ever. This particular invitation came in an envelope size I’d never seen before, not even on a greeting card. It had two 61-cent stamps on it, which I didn’t even know existed. Then (in gold print) they “request the honour of your presence” at the ceremony. What? Did we just secretly get transported to Canada? On the RSVP card, the two options are “Accept with pleasure” and “Decline with regret.” I just heard about another wedding where the options were, “Yes, save a spot for me on the dance floor” and “I’m lame and can’t attend.” THAT is a wedding I want to go to. Finally, this particular wedding is in downtown Philadelphia and trolleys will take people from the hotel to the church and back. Which is fitting considering Matt is from San Francisco, a city which recently edged out the Neighborhood of Make-Believe in trolleys per capita.

End of the story: I’m thinking about sending back my RSVP card as a write-in ballot. Save a spot for me on the dance floor. I’m also thinking about asking Allan Wertheimer for tips on wedding etiquette. The guy’s been to more weddings in the last year than Chazz Reinhold.

Random thoughts:

  • The Omaha Royals are getting a new ballpark so they changed their name. Meet the Storm Chasers!
  • Maybe you already knew this, but Mitchell Gary McClary has left us and gone to Omaha to be their head groundskeeper. He’s good. So is Mitch’s replacement, Keith Winter.
  • In the Midwest League, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers updated their look a bit.
  • Baseball America released the list of top 10 Royals’ prospects. Pretty much everybody thinks it’s the most talented system in baseball.
  • The San Diego newspaper released some Padres’ prospect rankings. Eight of the top 10 have played here; Logan Forsythe skipped past us and Donovan Tate is expected to be here in 2011.
  • Where in the world (or Florida) is Mike Wickham? If you clicked the last link, you’ll see Wickham, who used to be the Director of Minor League Operations for the Padres, left the organization. The article says he went to the Rays, but I’ve seen elsewhere that he went to the Marlins.
  • Speaking of guys who have played here, Dirk Hayhurst of The Bullpen Gospels fame has his own website now, complete with blog.
  • Fact: Michael Vick is the second coming of QB Eagles from Tecmo Super Bowl.

Musical guest… Lynyrd Skynyrd!

Take care!

DW

Revenge of the Nerds

I did some quick reading this morning. Real nerdy stuff. Here’s what’s worth passing on:

  • The Padres made a trade on Saturday. Let’s see: one of the better center field prospects in the game (who the Marlins look like they’re quasi-giving up on) for a couple of young middle relievers who just threw a combined 80 jillion innings? Everyone not named Tony Gwynn, Jr. should like that deal. Webb and Mujica both had really good years last year, but middle relievers are so volatile from year to year that it’s worth it to sell high and grab a guy who can (at the very least) run down fly balls in the cow pasture that is Petco Park outfield. And if our old pal Randy Ready can get Maybin to make more consistent contact, the Padres could have a steal.
  • If you’re keeping score of who has fleeced whom lately, you’ll remember that the Tigers got Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis from the Marlins for Maybin, Andrew Miller, Mike Rabelo, Eugelio De La Cruz, Dallas Trahern and Burke Badenhop. Maybin, Miller and Badenhop were the only guys who played for the Marlins this year at all. Miller just got dumped to the Red Sox so the Marlins wouldn’t have to pay his high-draft-pick salary. The Marlins traded Cabrera for money reasons, but you have to get better prospects back than that. And Florida STILL went 80-82 this year. It’s a miracle.
  • I love trade lineages. Mostly thanks to the time the Indians got Cliff Lee, Brandon Phillips and Grady Sizemore from the Expos for Big Fat Bartolo Colon.
  • Speaking of the Expos and trades, I saw an hour-long special about the Expos on MLB Network this weekend. It was excellent. Montreal couldn’t pay Delino DeShields so they trade him to the Dodgers for Pedro Martinez, who Tom Lasorda thought was too skinny to be a reliable MLB starter. Oops. When Pedro and the Red Sox won the World Series in 2004, he said in a post-game interview that he wanted to share that championship with the fans of Montreal who never got a chance to win one. The strike of 1994 wiped out what could’ve been “the year” for the Expos.
  • New Padres hitting coordinator Sean Berry played on those Expos teams. Is it creepy that I’m kind of pumped to ask him about it?
  • Abner Doubleday still didn’t invent baseball. The the story that made people think he was is pretty ridiculous and shows that the dreaded “revisionist history” is nothing new. Alexander Cartwright was probably closer to deserving that distinction, if any one person does.
  • I don’t have a degree in astrophysics so I don’t completely understand what they mean, but minor-league park factors came out. Basically if your numbers are far away from 1.00, your ballpark is either a pitcher’s park or a hitter’s park. Looks like Parkview Field plays fairly straight-up; the 2010 numbers could lead you to believe it’s a little hitter-friendly but not homer-friendly (lots of doubles). I think that’s thanks to three things: (1) there are some high walls here, (2) many Class-A hitters haven’t fully matured yet physically and (3) most hitters at this level don’t put the barrel on the ball consistently enough. I’d be interested to see the numbers next year, since it’ll have data from three years at the new park.
  • If you were stuck watching the Colts beat the Bengals yesterday (boring), you missed the Browns looking like a real NFL team against the Jets. They should’ve won, which would’ve been consecutive wins against the Saints, Patriots and Jets with a rookie quarterback and a bunch of no-namers.
  • The highlight of my weekend, though, was watching the end of the Jaguars-Texans game and Gus Johnson’s head blowing up. Hurry up and check it out before it gets taken down.
  • Highlight #2: Tried a Pumpkin Pie Blizzard from Dairy Queen on Saturday. Holy cow was it good. According to DQ’s signs, they have real bits of pumpkin pie in them. They’ve also done studies, you know. Sixty percent of the time, they work every time.

Musical guest… Huey Lewis and the News!

Take care!

DW

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