Friday, May 19, 2006

Fouled-Off Bunts: Guillen's A Wus Edition

The manliest of the manly men has a wittle weg cwamp. Ahhh.... :-( Poor baby. Now he thinks he's heading to the DL. I thought only girly girls in lace panties went on the DL?

Kidding aside, it's clear that he's not right. His wrist and shoulder have combined to sap him of much of his power, and he's just not making hard contact consistently. Hopefully the time off for the leg will give him some time to heal the upper body. Considering how he's in a contract year, he certainly better hope so.

  • I forgot to make mention of it at the time, but Robert Fick made his season debut the other night, promptly striking out. He took a high curveball for strike three, turned to the ump and instructed him to do something anatomically impossible, but that the ump probably wishes he could do. Yep, he got ejected.

    I wonder how many players have been ejected from their first game with a new team?

  • Ho hum. The ownership's official. They're now slated to take complete control sometimes between June 15th and the All Star Break.

  • The Baltimore Sun profiles Mike O'Connor, tonight's starting pitcher. He's from Maryland, grew up watching the O's, went to GW, and now starts for Washington against his former favorite team -- the kind of story that writers are glad to have write itself.

  • The Sun also has Roch Kubatko blogging about all-things sports, and it's probably worth checking it. Apparently the Orioles aren't staying in town. They'll be driving back to Baltimore after each game. If you see the team bus, be sure to run it off the road.

  • The Frederisckburg paper looks at Brandon Watson, who's struggling a bit in the minors, mostly due to injury (and things like regression to the mean).

  • Federal Baseball, like all good baseball fans, can't make sense of Frank's centerfield situation: "[M]ake the decision in an organized and reasonable fashion. Don't bury one player---Church or Byrd---for a week or two at a time and then expect the buried player to produce."

  • Our friends at the Farm Authority took in two in Potomac and provide the happy recaps. They also point to this Washington Post article about attending a game at Harriburg -- look for appearances by Danny Reuckel and Alex Escobar.

  • Nats Blog, fresh off reading some vintage Bill James, wants to change the world. It's an interesting essay, in four parts, about the minor league systems, and how baseball's monopoly power has created what we have, and how it could all be different, if we embraced a revolution. Parts 1, 2, 3, 4.

  • Watching the game? Listening on the radio? Just plain lonely? Kibitz along at Yuda's GameDay, where we'll be hiding in shame before, during, and after the game.


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