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When a Johnny Giavotella cracks a 3-run home run, you know that Spring is the best time for optimism.

Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

As I start this, the missus and I are cruising west into the setting sun out on the back desert highway 8 of the Arizona desert. She has switched to driving and I am running wireless to the outside world, researching the world of baseball. Ain't technology a wonderful thing? This way I don't have to wait until midnight to even start this daily feast.

So every Spring outing comes with its own surprise. Yesterday it was Johnny Giavotella giving us a 3-run home run to back a good start from Matt Shoemaker and deliver a blow to the 2016 outlook of the Texas Rangers. Nice Sunday afternoon in Arizona.

Have yourself some Warm-Smell-of-Colitas-Links:

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Angels Baseball

Neck Tie: Jered "Whiplash" Weaver till in a bugaboo over his neck twinge he developed during his first Spring start (if that's what we are gonna be calling it) It turns out that he has some degenerative spinal issues (I know the feeling), and he is off to see a specialist. That would be a specialist in human medicine, not a specialist in fastball recovery..............

What the Hector: Hector Santiago is notorious for going on great runs of promise, followed by long stretches of trouble. Santiago points to issues with his slider, losing trust in it while needing it to get out left-handed hitters. So he has been working on that this Spring with good results. If that holds true, Santiago might move up a notch in everyone's consideration of his place in any rotation. That either helps us with depth, or helps us with trade leverage. Either way this would be an excellent thing to come out of March............

Smith Strong with The Force: The household of reliever Joe Smith tends to get wrapped up in NCAA college basketball March Madness more than most. Smith's wife is Allie LaForce. She used to play college basketball and is currently a broadcaster for CBS. So if you need help with your brackets, and happen to be in Tempe, you know who to hound............

Growing Weary: We have not even made it to the regular season yet, and clearly Billy Eppler is growing weary of the obvious. He wants all the question to start moving beyond the whole reason he got his job in the first place, and everybody to stop asking about stats versus Mike Scioscia versus everything going on in the front office. I suspect that the daily scribes will follow suit, since it's what they do if they want to keep getting interviews. Not this cat. I say tough shit, Eppler. You wanted to step into the big pile of doo and it's too late to complain about the lingering aroma. Oh, and that East Coast-West Coast thing? Yeah, it's real..............

Thawed Out: The Great Winter Freese is over. David has found a home, in Pittsburgh................

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Everywhere Else In Baseball

STFU: Nobody is better at silencing assholes who have gotten too old for ther own attitudes than somebody else of their same generation. Nothing like showing that it's totally possible to have a body long in the tooth yet stil carry a fresh, young mind. Which is why it's so great to have Old Timer Joe Maddon speaking out with the belief that Old Timers such as "Goose" Gossage can just shut their ignorant, stupid, pie hole.............For backstory here, we had Bryce Harper opining that old-timers had turned baseball into a "tired" sport. So Gossage fired back on every one of his single brain cells, as if there really is such a thing as "the right way". The world blew up Gossage's tired ass, and Gossage is still trying to blaze away at his personal windmills. So Maddon is calling bullshit............Matt Harvey has Harper's back..............And Willie Bloomquist does, too.............For the record, I am totally down with Jose Bautista and The Epic Bat Flip. That's what baseball should be about.............

YankSux: Great going, Yankees. Your new ticket policy attacking the middle class on down has created another set of tooth marks in your own butt. Not only are you busy screwing baseball fans, but now you are busy working to screw over soccer fans...............

Dino Days: I'm too GA to research this real-world meme, but people dressed in large rubber raptos suits doing everyday things is a crackup. Sorry. Can't help it. I giggle. Like this, when they take on grounds keeping duties. I mean, let's get real here. we already have enough issues with unemployment. So any dinos who manage to escape Isla Nublar need to be put to work doing SOMETHING productive.............

Dorks: Are you a dork? Are you a dork for baseball? Of course you are. You are sitting there staring at a computer screen salivating over baseball news on a Monday morning. But the question is, what KIND of baseball Dork are you? Are you a pitcher dork, a hitter dork, or a defender dork?...............

Glass Cleaners: It was a good weekend to be in the business of windshield repairs. Joey Gallo got one against the Angels in Tempe (that's me whizzing by on the 10 freeway in the background!)...................Better yet, Jacob Nottingham got one, too. And his turned out to be his own damned windshield!!.............

Tip of the Hat: This is cool. I love it when I learn of people who go out of their way to help others without worrying about any recognition. Such is the way with Sean Doolittle of the Oakland A's. A lot of what Doolittle does is not a part of the programs that MLB manages and, as such, is not a part of what the MLB uses to acknowledge the efforts of their players. (h/t Hardball Talk)...............

Spit Wars: Jenry Mejira and his lawyer are not going down quietly. Rather predictable, considering the alternative is lifetime unemployment. It's a classic piece from Sun-Tzu's Art of War. You always want to leave your opponent with a clear path for retreat. otherwise, if you have them totally surrounded, they will realize that their only option is to fight ot the death and they will extract huge tolls upon your forces as they go down to defeat. And this is what Mejira and camp are doing to MLB. Their accusations are getting nastier and nastier. And as I wrote a few days ago, there are still some raw scabs from the way that MLB went after Biogenesis that are getting picked at here..................

Sports Biz: Wow, this is a stretch. BMI music is suing ESPN for music rights over the ambient stadium music playing in the background of the events they are covering. Things must be getting tough in the rights fees collection business.................Meanwhile, cord-cutting is not something happening among Millenials. At least, not at the pace expected.


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