This is what it’s all about – a family going to the ball game. Steve Monforto, a long-time Phillies fan, takes his wife and two daughters to the game and for the first time catches a foul ball. After sharing the moment with those around him, he does the nice thing and gives the ball to his daughter – who promptly throws the ball over the railing and down to the lower deck. The girl immediately realizes (from the reaction of the fans around her) that throwing the ball may not have been the right thing – but Daddy rescues her by giving her a big hug.
And this morning (Thursday), the family will be on the Today Show. Click on the link and watch the MLB video (or watch it here, below) – it’s priceless. The article on MLB is also well written and contains a number of great story lines. [MLB]
As expected, Jorge Posada and Jesse Carlson were suspended three games for their roles in a bench-clearning incident. Posada needed three days off anyway… [ESPN]
The Texas Rangers lost a fourth straight game (maybe I should add the Rangers to the “Is it Over” segment below), this by a one-hitter to Oakland (!) – mostly because they don’t have their two most productive hitters in the lineup. Michael Young may play this weekend against the Angels, but his hamstring is still a problem. And, Josh Hamilton not only has lower back pain and a strained glute (are they related?) – and is worried he might not play again in 2009. [ESPN]
This is what happens when your team goes from playoff contention to losing twelve of thirteen. Tampa’s Carl Crawford gave a shout out to Pat Burrell, resulting in a bit of a screaming match requiring Joe Maddon to call both to his office to clear the air. [ESPN]
Yankee starter Andy Pettitte missed his start yesterday to rest a “tired” shoulder. Pettitte is now scheduled to pitch against Los Angeles next week. [FoxSports]
In a classy move, the Tigers invited Ernie Harwell back to Comerica Park and to thank him for his more than 40 years of service to the Tigers community. Harwell used the opportunity to thank those people in Detroit and all of Michigan for sharing their love and concern for him. Harwell nears 92 years old and has inoperable cancer. I listened to him on the radio back in the day – and nobody was better at making a ballgame seem like baseball was a large part of a community’s fabric. An equally classy move – Tigers Manager Jim Leyland called a team meeting to explain to the younger players just how much Harwell meant to baseball in Detroit and beyond. When Harwell was brought out, both dugouts watched in awe, many players taking pictures to capture the moment. [ESPN]
Roy Oswalt’s season come to an end as the Astros ace doesn’t want his back and hip pain (now affecting his shoulder, too) to linger into 2010. So, Oswalt will begin the rest and rehab process now instead. Oswalt finishes with eight wins on the season – far below his normal levels of success. Hurry back, Roy – baseball needs more guys like you. [ESPN]
Another pitcher who may not pitch again in 2009 is Tiger Jarrod Washburn, whose knee injury isn’t healing very quickly. Washburn says he’s hurting the team by going out there, and doesn’t know why the team would let him pitch. [FoxSports]
Cleveland centerfielder Grady Sizemore’s second surgery, this to repair a sports hernia, was a success. Here’s to coming back healthy and strong for 2010 as well.
Not Fun Stat Mark Reynolds may have 42 homers and is hitting .272. On the other hand, for the second straight year he has 200 strikeouts (!), and should break his record of 204 sometime by the end of the week. Amazing, really.
Is it Over? The White Sox waived Bartolo Colon. Colon was signed, got hurt, and would disappear during rehab stints. I think we’ve seen the last of him.
Welcome Back! Randy Johnson was activated by the Giants. Greg Dobbs (Philles), Clay Condrey (Phillies), Laynce Nix (Reds), Carlos Silva (Mariners), Alfredo (Marriage of) Figaro (Tigers) all came off the DL.
Hurry Back! Billy Sadler (Astros – Shoulder), Justin Miller (Giants – Elbow), Sean White (Mariners – Shoulder) and Mark DeFelice (Brewers – Shoulder) all head to the DL to start the rehab process and get ready for 2010.
Afterthoughts… Tommy Lasorda’s portrait will be hung in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC. Who doesn’t love the guy, really? If you don’t love Lasorda, you don’t love baseball.