It has come to my attention that I do not know as much about the waiver process as I initially thought I did.
I was sitting at my desk at work, minding my own business like I do, with my iPhone propped up so I can see the random alerts that come through. What came through about an hour or so ago from MLBTR had the words “Millwood clears waivers”, followed by something about Vargas and Felix. While I was well aware that both Millwood and Vargas had been placed on waivers a few days ago, and was prepared to lose one or both of them, Felix Hernandez’s placement on waivers was not a known fact to yours truly here. My head was in work and what I was going to have for lunch, and I was not prepared to even know this stuff. I grabbed my phone and tried to access MLBTR; but the reception for AT&T in this building is about as rough as it is for AM radio signal, so the load was taking forever. I tried to hop on Twitter, but our server here has been glitchy all day long, so nothing was coming through. I dialed it up on the phone long enough to fire off a brief angry missive, then texted a friend with demands to please, please, please tell me that I was misunderstanding what “claimed by rival teams” meant. Turns out I was. Severely.
This still did not stop me from feeling my heart race, my hands shake, and maybe just a little bit of a lump in my throat arise at the very idea that Felix might be going anywhere else right now. I feel I need to explain that while I am completely aware of the organization’s claims that Felix is part of our future, I am also very wary of baseball and it’s fickle promises. I can’t imagine that Jack Zduriencik or the higher ups would jeopardize our skeptical fanbase with such a move, but I also can’t understand why Casper Wells keeps getting shuffled around while Chone Figgins remains on the roster for the remainder of the year. Not that these two things are even remotely comparable, but moves made in baseball never have ceased to terrify me since day 1. Ever since JJ Putz was traded to the Mets before my printed 2008 season tickets had even cooled off the printer, I regard baseball and it’s inner workings with suspicion and caution.
What does this mean to anyone but me? Not much, other than that I now have added some research into further understanding of the waiver wire to my long list of Things About Baseball to Learn. I thought I had a fair grasp on it, but 1) maybe I don’t, or 2) maybe I did but forgot a lot of it, or 3) maybe I just had a moment of being taken by surprise because this wasn’t even on my radar and I was at work. I might go with all three options here. I’m a little embarrassed by my own initial reaction, but given the circumstances I will cut myself a little slack. Bonus points to Kevin Martinez, who was kind enough to shoot me a direct message to reassure me that it was just a formality and nothing more. As they say in cartoons, *whew!*
One of my general rules in life is that it is good to know what you don’t know. I have much more learning to do.