18
SEP
2012

What to do With a Problem Like Yunel.

Stupid. Stupid, stupid, stupid… But, sadly, understandable. At least for me. I’ve spent time in locker rooms and I know that the kind of stuff that happens in there is not rated PG. It’s a crude environment where, “what’s up asshat” or...
17
SEP
2012

Giving the Jays a Black Eye.

Okay, so, the player in me looks at this and says, “Waaaahahahahah! Got heeeeeem!” But then the Live Analyst looks at his and says, “Ahem, that’s an unfortunate prank that got little more attention than I think these boys bargained for. It’s a shame...
15
SEP
2012

Dear Ozzie Guillen

Dear Ozzie Guillen, Thank you so much for making my first year in the media that much easier. My radio show practically ran itself with you and your cousin Bobby Valentine working as managers. Furthermore, as long as people like you are in baseball, I have a feeling I will always...
12
SEP
2012

Manager, Inspire Me.

I have never managed a single game in the big leagues, nor did I play in that many. But I don’t think the amount of time spent in the big leagues factors into one’s ability to judge a manager’s capacity to communicate well. After all, speaking to a group of men...
03
SEP
2012

Sierra VS Spy.

Moises Sierra comes up to the Jays and hits in a time when no one besides Edwin Encarnacion wanted too. He hits better than Anthony Gose, his prime roster spot rival, and he makes some highlight real throws. He looks like a big leaguer. One would tend to think he’s made a...
02
SEP
2012

Send Romero Down (so you can bring him up)

I’ve contested as far back as a two months ago that Ricky Romero should have seen some time in the minors this year. I did not make that comment because I wanted to attack or otherwise debase Ricky. I respect Ricky, but objectively speaking, he ain’t right. There is...
02
SEP
2012

The Weight of Injury

I talked with Jeff Niemann after the game yesterday, before the media scrum jumped on him to ask him what his physical malfunction was out on the field. It was a strange encounter. I knew he was ready to address the media, and when a player gets ready to talk to the media he puts...
01
SEP
2012

A Player’s Manager

I had a chance to talk with Joe Maddon today. I also had a chance to talk with Price, Jennings, Moore, and, well, everyone else on the team. I know just about all of them, and their personalities and it was great to be around them again. It’s a treat to be in a locker room...
01
SEP
2012

Dallas Does Steroids

For fans of the second book, Out Of My League, Here is an interesting story. Early on in my career, right after I got drafted, I remember sitting on the bus in ear shot of a drunken Dallas Preston. It was an off day, but we also had to travel on it so the coach let us have the...
31
AUG
2012

Maddon Being Maddon.

People ask what makes the Rays the Rays. Well, a large part of it is Joe Maddon. Very few managers in the game are as proactive in shaping the social structure of a team as Maddon is, and he does in multiple ways (a multiple tool social structure manager?). The way he...