has a great Bedard anecdote today.Mazzone also tells a great story about his first meeting with Erik Bedard, who bluntly told him, "I've hated every pitching coach I've had."
Mazzone's response: "Wonderful." Then Mazzone started telling Bedard about all the guys he's hated in baseball, and they soon bonded.
I love it. It just adds to the lore. ;-)
And after reading this article about last night's Cabrera meltdown
, I have two points I'd really like to get off my chest.
1)"The guy is an idiot," Pedroia said. "I dropped my bat. It kind of freaked me out. I was upset they took him out of the game. He is good to hit. He's 9-15. The guy [stinks]."
Okay. I don't blame the guy for being angry after having a ball flung at his head. It's a scary experience, I have no doubt - I get that. However, "The guy sucks" struck me as completely unnecessary, classless and unprofessional. You say it best when you say nothing at all, kind of thing? I am in NO way defending what Daniel did because it's wholly defenseless, but this part of the comment really went all over me. I guess in the heat of the moment you say things that perhaps you would've said differently later, but I didn't like this at all.
2)"He's not the only guy who throws at people a lot," Tejada said. "He's a young kid and sometimes he throws at people, not because he wants to but sometimes he is wild."
Okay, seriously? Sorry, but, STFU, Tejada. I get that he's trying to defend his teammate, but again, it would be better to just say nothing at all. Danny's a big boy - a VERY BIG BOY - so let's not try to be all disingenuous about it. The Orioles need to make it clear that they won't tolerate that sort of behavior from anyone in their organization. If Tejada wants to coddle Danny by preserving what I really think is the fiction that Daniel "accidentally" threw at Pedroia, I don't see how that helps Daniel get a grip. Sorry, but actions have consequences. I can understand not wanting to ream someone out publicly, but I think it sends a very bad message to try to spin the incident.
I also find that comment annoying since Tejada was the one who encouraged Danny to throw at Sheffield
in April - "I just told my pitcher, 'Make sure you pitch them the same way they pitch me,'"
- because he didn't like Verlander and Bonderman pitching inside to him. Okay, you're furious, but why encourage this hotheaded guy to throw at the other team in a pointless p*ssing match? How about you tell him that what will REALLY show the other team is if you GET THE OUTS and WIN THE GAME. THAT might show them something. Ugh.
Just found this other article about the aftermath
It's a relief to see Trembley's comments. I definitely think they need to make it clear, that ain't gonna fly here:"There's a key word that's been missing," Trembley said. "It's called responsibility. It's time for responsibility to be accepted by the people that have been given these opportunities."
Meanwhile, Danny is not impressing me with this:"Anybody can have a ball slip from his hand," Cabrera said. "I don't know why everybody is making such a big deal."
And I see the Os are already potentially en route to setting a new franchise record for consecutive losses at home, yaaay! There's nothing like witnessing the breaking of an old record and the setting of a new rec -- oh, not THAT sort of record? Oh. They've reached the level of Charlie Brown's baseball team -- "I really thought we had a chance to win tonight...and then the other team showed up."
Finally, I don't want to be alarmist, but has anyone considered that the Orioles could be some sort of terrorist plot to bring down the national pastime? Os. Osama. Oh my. I'm just saying. It would all make sense then. And yet I cannot totally look away...
What? Too dark? Blame the Benadryl.
ETA: Holy #*($&. I turned on the TV just in time to see Moore, who appears to be a 10-year-old, hit a grand slam off Dice-K for his first hit as an Oriole. Wow. Wow! So once again the bad boyfriend is at the door with flowers and candy..."Oh, baby, you know it's gonna be different this time." And you know it won't be, 'cause it's only the third inning and anything can still happen, but you believe him, and you let him back in...I see they're now beating up on Lord Voldemort.
So it seemed like a beautiful day today, but I spent the vast majority of it inside because I think I'm coming down with a sinus infection. Yeesh. I've been taking Benadryl and watching my head spin.