Saturday camp tidbits

Well, first, it’s Valentine’s Day, so above all else, a Happy V-Day to my beloved Mrs. Dude, who I wish could be down here in Florida with me. They couldn’t start Spring Training on the 16th?

Anyway, on to the tidbits. Plenty to report today.

* All pitchers and catchers were present and accounted for.

* Mitchell Boggs got some good news about his tight right shoulder. The tentative plan is to rest him for a few days, let the anti-inflammatory medication take effect and re-evaluate him early next week, but we were told that the concern level is lower than it was yesterday.

* Matt Scherer has some forearm tightness; unclear at this point how severe the issue is.

* Nick Stavinoha is in fact working out at catcher, but it’s not a position change in any kind of long run. He’s just helping out at a time when the team needs as many catchers as possible.

* Francisco Samuel caught a lot of people’s eyes with his bullpen session today. It was well known that Samuel throws hard, but what I and some of my colleagues noticed was the ease with which he brings that heat.

* Two members of the band Disturbed dropped by camp today. And no, sorry Mrs. Dude, I did not procure any photos/autographs/etc. They didn’t really mingle with us scribes.

* Funny moment of the day: Rick Ankiel was talking up Skip Schumaker, and noted that if he (Ankiel) is in the outfield and Schumaker is at 2nd base, “

If you guys can show me a better relay combo, I want to see
it.” To which Chris Duncan promptly piped in, “Me and Eckstein!”

Welcome to Spring Training.
-M.

Today’s playlist:
Maps, “So Low, So High”
Kanye West, “Love Lockdown”
Kasabian, “Club Foot”
Gran Ronde, “Wisdom”
Doves, “There Goes the Fear”

6 Comments

(In my best foreign accent)…”OOOhhh. Ha ha ha haaa! It’s funny, because he say they were a better relay combo…but they’re really not! Ha ha haaa. Ohhh you funny!”

Guess you had to be there — got a big laugh from me and everybody else around.

-M.

I thought it was a good one too, M. It just reminded me of the foreign guy on Family Guy who teaches Peter what sarcasm is. That guy is hilarious.

I thought it was funny too. Nice to see that Dunc can laugh at his defense, right along with everyone else…

The Boggs news is unwelcome, although I would prefer not to see him in the starting rotation anyway, since having him there implies that something bad has happened to Carp or one of the other front-liners. Granted, it’s early, but the team’s credibility in reporting injuries is not as high as it should be, and there is a tendency to downplay.

Sorry, Shaun — I definitely did get the reference (I love Fuad too), but misread your intentions in using it.

-M.

Sorry about that. I definitely chuckled out loud when I read that. How did you know the characters name? I looked on youtube for ten minutes before I posted that, looking for his name. Couldn’t find it. They all just said “Foreign Guy”.

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