Ah, Baseball Is Officially Back
Sure it was only a crappy spring training game in which the Mets lost and had three regulars not in the lineup, but it was great.
Pointless things that I should not get worked up over, but will anyway:
It looked like a spring game with a bunch of errors and botched plays, but that is what spring training is for. ESPN had done an interview with Frank Robinson early in the game and he just kept the headset on. They kept panning back to him and showing him with the headset and about an inning or two later, they said, "Frank you still listening to us?" He said, "of course". Robinson was listening to the entire broadcast for the game so I'd imaging everyone was kind of watching what they said about his National team. He did have to take them off when he went out to argue a pop fly that was called in infield fly that Danny Garcia did not get to, but he did not miss a beat. The second he sat back down, the headphones went back on. Robinson was great.
From the papers:
The 69-year-old Nats skipper has grown tired of questions about the move to Washington. "That's a dumb question," he said when asked if there was a lot of anticipation for yesterday's game.
Willie was not quite as interesting as Robinson was when he was interviewed.
That's the thing that makes the NL East hard. They may not be the best division for overall talent, but every team there is competitive. There are no pushovers and all can win games. The Nationals are the worst team out of the bunch, but have a decent staff and decent offense. They will catch teams sleeping and give teams fits. 88 wins may take this division.
"They influence not only fans but organizations," said Leiter, who is paid to do a weekly spot on Michael Kay's ESPN radio show. "Teams in New York listen to those guys. Why I don't know. One guy's a know-it-all, and his opinions are better than anybody else's, and the other guy is a clown who throws a ball 47 miles-an-hour and plays tennis.
"They called me every name in the book, and questioned my integrity. Chris said I was done in 2003, and then when I had a strong second half, he said, 'I guess I was wrong.' Like a 10-second retraction was enough after he ripped me up and down in every way as if I'd done something to his wife and kids."
I have no idea why they even have jobs. Their show is bad and they are supreme beings who know EVERYTHING. People cannot argue the opposite opinion of them and they are NEVER wrong. That fiasco where they made a huge stink about Willie's salary and went on for days at length about it was ridiculous. Turns out, Willie is the best paid first year manager in baseball. Did they ever say anything like sorry, or we were wrong? Those two do not let a little thing like fact checking and research get in the way. Unreal.
The Angels decided to play hardball with pitcher Jered Weaver, giving the first-round pick until midnight Wednesday to accept a $4-million signing bonus before pulling it off the table, but the representative for the former Long Beach State ace hardly blinked in turning it down.
At this point, the Angels have to really ask themselves how much is he worth? He was the most polished pitcher and closest to being major league ready out of the 2004 draft, but was said to be a #3 pitcher at best and the fourth or fifth best arm in the draft. Is a solid #3 necessarily bad for relatively small Major League contract? No, but Boras is not looking for a small contract. The Angels would get the 50th pick of the 2005 draft for the failure to sign Jared Weaver and at this point, it looks tempting.
37. Angels (for Type A Troy Percival)
50. Angels (for failure to sign Jered Weaver)
61. Angels (from Tigers for Percival)
Weaver can throw in the 90's, but has been known to work in the mid to high 80's when he does not have is best stuff and it worked in college, but in the majors? Jared does not have the tools that Jeff has and with a pretty deep draft this upcoming season, they are better off walking away.
Lastings is #11.