The sounds of spring are finite within my world. They consist of the crack of a bat, a pop of the glove, and the delicate linguistic maneuverings of baseball men to journalists in such a way that the connotations could never be received in a negative or controversial manner. That was a mouthful but hey, it’s during spring when we are treated to some of the best cliches in baseball.
I didn’t find an “I’m in the best shape of my life”, but I did come across some other quotes that stood out this week.
While discussing the idea of remaining with the Padres past 2014 Chase Headley said:
“I’m going to bet on myself. I think I’m a better player than I showed last year.”
I think Chase is a better player than he showed last year too. I admire his willingness to roll the dice with his current contract situation especially considering that Ron Fowler went all in last spring when he said he would make Chase Headley the highest contract offer ever to a Padre – a jackpot, if you will.
Here’s to 2014 – I think Chase comes up aces.
“It’s a good problem to have.”
The ol’ “It’s a good problem to have,” is usually drawn from its holster when a team has a heated competition at a particular position. For example, a team has 7 qualified starting pitchers in camp but only needs enough to fill out a 5-man rotation. That’s a heckuva good problem to have.
But it could also be a non-confrontational way of saying, “There are a lot of players vying for a limited number of spots and Good God! they’re all so blah that I want to be careful about how I assess their chances because honestly we could just cut three of these space fillers right now except split-squad games are right around the corner and we need these bastards.”
FYI – Bud Black was referencing the glut of outfielders in camp who received time in the outfield last year. You be the judge of what he meant.
Also from the same article, Joe Ross, brother of Tyson, said this to Corey Brock:
“Hopefully I can put it all together this year.”
Every young pitcher dreams of taking the small pieces of success discovered while perfecting their craft and unifying them into a cohesive package that puts them on the fast-track to the Big Club. The once UCLA bound pitcher may have also been referencing a desire to rebuild all of the elbows in the organization.
Cory Luebke was asked about his second TJ surgery and the lefty shared this tidbit from Dr. James Andrews about how the first ligament graft looked upon examination:
“He said it was yellow and mushy,”
Let us pray that this does not become a cliché – Padres pitchers don’t need yellow and mushy.
In the same collection of notes from Corey Brock, Ron Fowler sounded off:
“We said we were going to add payroll, and we added payroll.”
This is a true statement. It’s factual. Now about where those future dollars should go . . .
In the U-T, Padres’ CEO Mike Dee talked about ticket sales for Opening Night against the Dodgers:
“Good news, a lot of those tickets were purchased by fans with a San Diego ZIP code for Opening Night, so hopefully there will be more navy blue than lighter blue; we hope so.”
I had the opportunity to meet Mike Dee last summer and if given one word to describe him I might go with exuberant. What a lot of people don’t know about Mike Dee – huge fan of Genesis’ 1986 album Invisible Touch. I’m assuming.
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