Remember how excited we were this time last year? Maybe I'm just speaking for me, Needham, Basil, and Svrluga, but one year ago today there was real excitement. The demotion of Endy Chavez and awardation (yeah, that's a new one) of the centerfield job to the eminently worthy Ryan Church was the perfect way to end Spring Training.
I can't expect the anticipation of the start of the second season to match last year, but Spring Training has been a month-long kick in the crotch this year. Brian Lawrence blows up, Soriano can't figure out how fly balls work, nobody hits, and we get the crap beat out of us (last place in the Grapefruit League!). As a final and symmetrical indignity, the still eminently worthy Ryan Church is sent to the minor leagues because Old Man Robinson has a speed fetish, hitting and defense be damned.
I am excited about the season starting, but I can't say I'm any more pumped than I was a month ago. Being in Hell isn't as much fun as South Park makes it look.
- I'm pretty hard on Washington Post propagandist Tom Boswell, but Needham completely eviscerated him. It's amazing -- literally almost every word the Boz writes in this piece is a distortion, mistake, or outright lie. It's okay, though, because Chris is Tim Simmons, and the dude has got no mercy.
- Get ready for more bullcrap Friday at 11!
- I don't want to know what Basil had to do to get ahold of this.
- OMG (WTFBBQ) has a look into the future so dead-on that even if it doesn't actually happen it's like it really did. Or something.