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HBT Weekend Wrapup

Aug 23, 2010, 8:32 AM EDT

Craig is on vacation all week so you’ll see a bigger helping of posts from the less familiar names around here.  It’s like a parent has left town, and has left us access to a stocked fridge and liquor cabinet.  We intend to have a good time.  Bonfire!

Here is your weekend wrap-up:

  • Cubs manager Lou Piniella retired suddenly on Sunday afternoon to be with his ailing mother.  He enjoyed a good amount of success in Chicago, leading the club to two division championships in four years, but ‘Sweet Lou’ will leave behind a fifth-place team.
  • We should all know more about his immediate future when the MRI results are examined on Monday afternoon, but it appears that Nationals phenom Stephen Strasburg avoided major injury on Saturday night.  He has been diagnosed with a strained flexor tendon in his forearm and was able to play catch on Sunday morning.
  • Brewers setup man LaTroy Hawkins has opted to undergo exploratory surgery on his shoulder and is likely to miss the rest of the season.  Here’s a quick lesson for bad teams with major holes: Don’t spend big money on middle relief.
  • Angels rookie outfielder Peter Bourjos is going to be a great defender in this league for a long time, and now he’s beginning to do some things right at the plate.  With those powers combined…

And with that, we’re off…

  1. BC - Aug 23, 2010 at 10:16 AM

    What’s with the photo? A scene from “Firestarter”?
    Of course Drew was only like 10 when that movie came out. Hadn’t achieved her current state of total hotness by that time, but had managed to suck half of Colombia up her nose.
    But I digress….

  2. Drew Silva - Aug 23, 2010 at 10:39 AM

    Hah. I really have no idea where that picture came from. Looks intense, no?

  3. Drew Silva - Aug 23, 2010 at 10:40 AM

    And, hey, I was -3 when ‘Firestarter’ came out.

  4. Old Gator - Aug 23, 2010 at 10:45 AM

    The Feesh let Cody Ross go on waivers, a blatant salary dump executed under cover of a cheapo contract extension to .225 hitting Kindly Uncle Wes Helms and a feint at “negotiating” an extension for Nolasco, whom Scrooge McLoria and his Chihuahua doubtless already knew might be seriously injured and thus provided them with an instant reason to suspend those “negotiations” long before they had to commit any money. All in all, a good weekend for Scrooge’s bottom line and yet another reaming for all ten or twenty remaining Feesh fans. So much for honoring the commitment the Feesh made to the Union and the league this past Spring to maintain a reasonable level of payroll, eh? Hard to believe, of course, that this pinchpenny gambits have gone unnoticed by the player’s association or by Bud light, so it’s a bit odd that, so far, there haven’t been any repercussions. Or is it?

  5. BC - Aug 23, 2010 at 11:20 AM

    I was referring to the goddess that is Drew Barrymore, not the author of the article. Sorry.

  6. BC - Aug 23, 2010 at 11:21 AM

    I think it was Colonel Mustard in the den with a pipe wrench, myself….

  7. Drew Silva - Aug 23, 2010 at 11:27 AM

    Ha, oh. Boooo.

  8. Kiwicricket - Aug 23, 2010 at 12:09 PM

    Just looking though some of the link provided….
    Dec 2000, in the space of 7days, Rockies general manager Dan O’Dowd signed Mike Hampton and Denny Neagle for a combined $170Million. Ouch.
    Less Whiskey, more ‘dry’ Danny boy.

  9. APBA Guy - Aug 23, 2010 at 12:45 PM

    Great series between the visiting Rays and the A’s, culminating in two fabulous pitching matchups over the weekend; Price v. Anderson on Sat and Garza v. Braden on Sunday. The Rays came into town off a sweep of the Rangers, a classic “statement” series, and they may have been surprised at how energetically the A’s competed. Outside of the pitchers the A’s are short of talent, but not desire, and every game in this series finished in a 1 run differential.
    Next year’s Rays’ rotation of Price, Garza, Niemann, and two of Hellickson, Davis or Shields will just be incredible. Amusing how the A’s announcers continue to try to hype the A’s chances to overtake the Rangers this year. Hopefully this road trip against Cleveland, Texas, and the Yankees will stop that nonsense, as it disguises the painful need for a few guys who can put the ball out of the yard regularly, and a few others who can hit for average.
    The A’s look to finish around .500 and show no signs of last year’s meltdown. The improvement is almost all due the the big step forward by the young rotation. And pleasant as it is to believe that they will take yet another collective step ahead next year, Neyer has shown that this isn’t how it works for young pitchers. It’s more of two steps forward, one back, but general forward motion. So next year we may see some individual regression which will require more A’s offense. And so far we’ve seen no signs of that on the horizon.

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