Ted Lilly and John VB pretty soon. Give 'em snell, flash boy.
Saturday, July 07, 2007
I tell you what, this is a good drink: a. lemon juice, b. sugar, c. ice, d. mint (lots of it -- fresh from the garden), e. brandy. Lime juice is better, yes, but lemon juice will do. And some San Pellegrino -- that is good, but if you run out, regular water is OK too. OR just let the ice melt. And of course you want to use rum, but if you run out of Appleton's, like I just did, the brandy leftover from Thanksgiving and Christmas works good too. Cheers! Here's to me!
There's going to be a baseball game somewhat soon. The Pirates will play ... I forget. I am sure, though, there will be no Ian Snell or Tom Gorzelanny.
Dejan Kovacevic on the new, quiet leadership of the master fly-fisherman:
Nutting is not the type, his acquaintances inside and outside the Pirates' organization say, to make business decisions without first-hand information or experience. Although he has been the Pirates' chairman of the board since 2003, it was not until January that he supplanted McClatchy as principal owner. And it is from that point alone that he considers himself to have been in charge.
Since then, in addition to a surprising trip to the Dominican Republic in May to examine why the Pirates have fared so poorly at producing Latin American talent in the past decade, some close to Nutting say he has become deeply -- albeit quietly -- engrossed in many aspects of the team's operations, asking questions and seeking accountability along the way.
It does not sound like Nutting is much upset with Littlefield or Tracy, but Kovacevic does hint here that Nutting might find a qualified mentor and follow his advice. You know what that means ... FAX in your resumés. Sludgeworm's long career at the wastewater treatment plant will be hard to challenge, but you never know who will make what cut in the process.
Full story here.
Friday, July 06, 2007
Thursday, July 05, 2007
If I was the coach of this team, I'd take that 3 of 4 from Milwaukee and give the team the worst ear-blistering they've ever experienced. I'd make them sorry they chose baseball as a career. How do you take 3 of 4 from the best team in the National League and then wind up nine games under .500?
There would be a lot of profanity in my ear-blistering.
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
There are reports the Phillies might trade rookie centerfielder Michael Bourn for pitching help. For example, there's Steven Miller for the Morning Call Online. Ken Rosenthal also reported Bourn could go to leverage their glut of quality outfielders.
The Pirates got some love from the fans for acquiring Adam LaRoche. If the Phillies would part with this good-OBP small-ballin' basestealer for pitching help, I'd guess the Littlefield would be sitting around, waiting for the Phillies to return his calls.
Bourn or no Bourn, I wonder what other later-July expectations, predictions, or recommendations you might have.
And for the record, I am pro-Bourn and think he'd make a good addition to this team.
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
Salomon Torres is mad as hell, Dejan Kovacevic reports:
"... I'm just tired of being treated like this. I'm tired of the lies. I gave this team everything. I bought a house in Pittsburgh to be part of the city. But, if you're going to lie to me, trade me."Strange story. Sully charges DL duped him into signing a cheap contract by "strongly suggesting" the Bucs would rent one of Torres' Dominican baseball academies. The Bucs declined, and Torres filed a grievance in March. Now Sully claims the Bucs have delayed his rehab longer than necessary to retaliate.
It's hard to sympathize here with Torres, who did not have an agent for these negotiations, got nothing in writing, and apparently took the word of a well-known Master Liar. Furthermore, I can't see why the team would unnecessarily delay Torres' return, given the dire situation in the bullpen where Kuwata and Wasdin are trotted out in high-leverage situations.
Fallout: Torres is alienated and has probably just diminished his trade value, thanks to DL.
Monday, July 02, 2007
Sunday, July 01, 2007
Only about 100 people actually left PNC, the AP reports, confirmed by Pat (who was one of those ~100). The PG's Robert Dvorchak estimates about 1,000 left their seats. Pat's summary at WHYGAVS estimates 2-5,000, in which Pat declares Nutting victorious.
While I'm disappointed more people didn't walk out or at least get up for an inning, I think the protest had already accomplished its primary goal before the game even started: increasing awareness of the front office failure. Without the protest, Baseball Tonight doesn't devote several minutes to discussing the front office incompetence. Passan would have never written the "Nutting on MLB's teat" piece, and an AP story on the protest and the McNutting/DL losing streak doesn't run nationwide. Charlie wouldn't have written his pre and post protest thoughts, and Pat's uncle wouldn't have sat him down and set him straight. Bottom line: Pirate fans win, Nutting loses. Nutting might be an all-world fly-fisherman and businessman, but in any discussion involving baseball and with his current track record, Bob Nutting is a Loser.