The players who aren’t here yet

With the Padres racking up the supplemental-round draft picks lately, I’ve been meaning to take a look at the results of recent sandwich picks. But I’m not doing it today. Because it’s a big day and I can’t stop wondering what’s going to happen tonight in Cleveland. Almost nothing would surprise me at this point. I hope Cleveland doesn’t embarrass itself again (which, all things considered, may have launched what we know today as “The Gus Johnson Effect,” which isn’t all bad). No, I hope it happens the way it was described on opening night:

“The game hits the fourth quarter and, with about five minutes left, the fans realize the Cavs have a shot to win. There’s a timeout and a series of montages is played. Then something happens. The video cuts to a shot of the new banner. The banner with the skyline of Cleveland. The crowd goes insane, and the game ops guys just leave that image on the screen for the longest three or four seconds of the night. My God. They. Are. Going. To. Win. This is, for one night, a communal act of defiance against a nation’s celebrity culture.”

I don’t care what you think about Cleveland, that’s good writing.

Random thoughts:

  • Baseball players leave as free agents, then come back to their original cities in baseball, too. None of them made a national spectacle out of ripping their old city’s heart out, though.
  • More roster shuffling for the Padres. Tony Gwynn, Jr., and Scott Hairston were not offered contracts while Chris Denorfia signed a one-year deal. Even after all that, this article points out that San Diego still has TEN outfielders of the 37 guys on the 40-man roster. Which is a little misleading because Jerry Hairston is more of a utility guy who plays more middle infield than outfield. And Kyle Blanks might be the first baseman in waiting if/when Adrian Gonzalez gets dealt. But still.
  • Your new Sunday Night Baseball crew: Dan Shulman, Orel Hershiser and Bobby Valentine. I like it, not that that matters. It’s the one game every week I generally get a chance to watch all the way through.
  • Pretty good case for why baseball should leave the playoffs alone. The biggest one, for me, is November baseball. Don’t want it ever again.
  • Another pretty good case against a salary cap in baseball. With guaranteed contracts and no ability to hold out, it would be NOTHING like the NFL’s system. And we’ve seen what it’s done in the NBA, where expiring contracts happen.
  • Rangers manager Ron Washington changed his managerial style this year, calling for fewer intentional walks. And if he can change, you can change. WE ALL CAN CHANGE!
  • Baseball nerds, assemble! Keith Olbermann found some pictures from something called the Temple Cup, which was a quasi-World Series in the late 1800s when the American Association fell apart.
  • That’s enough, Jamie Moyer. The guy is having Tommy John surgery and wants to come back in 2012. At the age of 49. Did you know he’s married to Digger Phelps‘s daughter?
  • Abby Naas prank update: So far this week in the lead-up to Browns-Dolphins grudge match, I’ve signed her up for the Cleveland Browns’ e-newsletter and put Peyton Hillis wallpaper on her computer. And there are still three days until the game. What else could I possibly have up my sleeve?

And now, musical guest… the Red Hot Chili Peppers!

Take care!


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