"You hate people." "And yet I love gatherings."
It pretty much gets crazier every day here. Or as an old associate of mine once said about NASCAR driver Dale Jarrett, "gettin’ weirder every week."
Anyway. Here’s what’s going on…
* Kip Wells came to the park today thinking he was the starting pitcher. He arrived, looked at the lineup card, and saw the same thing the rest of us did — that he was not, in fact, the starting pitcher. Instead, Brad Thompson starts tonight, Todd Wellemeyer tomorrow, and Wells is bumped back to Sunday. TLR told Thompson and Wellemeyer last night that they’d be moved up, but said he did not get an opportunity to tell Wells. Nor did he call him this afternoon. So Wells came to the park and found out by leading the lineup card. Urp.
* Adam Kennedy is sitting for a fourth straight day. TLR basically said, he had the benefit of the doubt because of his track record earlier in the year. Now, he still gets some of that, but the better player plays. So it’s Spiezio at 2B and Ryan at SS against a RHP tonight. In talking to Derrick Goold and myself, Kennedy was a very good sport, said he understands that he’s not the best option right now.
* Yadier Molina played catch, said he was encouraged, and we’ll see how he comes through tomorrow.
* Tomo Ohka will start in Memphis tomorrow night. Coincidentally, that’s the night Wellemeyer now starts for STL. I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that that’s not a coincidence, but we’ll see.
I sort of wonder if this is what it feels like to cover the Red Sox or Yankees.