Squared Up: You're Doing A Heck Of A Job There, Tannie
Spring training, will you be my valentine?
Pitchers and catchers report
A couple days ago, reader Jenn fired an "eeeeee!" across the bow via email, all excited that baseball is back.
Yesterday, a certain pocket-sized Stupidhead who's getting to know his letters and numbers enjoyed working on W, I, L, S, O, N, and 1 with Aunt Dodo's shirt. Then Aunt Dodo sang "Meet The Mets" while Master S busted a move.
Today, the Daily News reports that Daniel Murphy is trying to learn how to play second base. That's going to go so well you guys. So well.
Here we go!
I just reread the section in Bill James's This Time Let's Not Eat The Bones on Chuck Tanner the other day. Rob Neyer's look back at Tanner covers the subject the way I would have, but better, so I'll let you read that and not belabor the point (not sure I'd have made an admiring La Russa reference at the end, under the circumstances, given the resolutely blind eye he seems to have turned towards steroid use on at least two clubs). James, as he so often does, gets to the heart of the matter without meanness or mincing words.
I became a fan at the end of the '85 season, so most of the Pittsburgh testimony went over my head until I read Keith Hernandez's If At First a couple years later, and I wish I had that book to hand to do a comparison of how James and Hernandez treat Herzog. If any of you have it rattling around and want to quote from it in the comments, please do.
The frail flower of hope
Some fans won't have much to look forward to this season: aces retired, crappy trades got made, no trades got made, surgeries didn't go as well as planned.
Other fans can't wait to see how new additions to the lineup do, or can't believe they're finally rid of such-and-so, that bastard.
Still others, squinting at a telephoto shot from the morning workout: "Is that Luis Sojo? Jesus H."
What's got you worried? What's got you psyched? Do you not even get out of bed for less than the Sports Illustrated Baseball Preview, or have you spent the last week marinating in wall-to-wall MLB Network coverage?
Tags: Bill James books Chuck Tanner Daniel Murphy Keith Hernandez Luis Sojo Master Stupidhead reader mailbag Rob Neyer Squared Up Tony La Russa