The fun keeps on coming today. We just managed to get Eric Byrnes. I am likely the only one who find it amusing that he played for the Diamondbacks last year – my arbitrary NL team. You’d think my NL team would be the Phillies, since they are a safe haven for a few former Mariners, and I have a huge man-crush on Shane Victorino (as opposed to the less-baseball-oriented girl crush), but for some reason, the DBacks are the NL team I follow (very) lightly. I do like traveling in Arizona, maybe that’s why…Dave Cameron says ‘yes’, so I feel secure in being happy that we’re nearly done. Byrnes will be joining the FanFest-ivities this weekend, I hear through a Twittery grapevine…
Anyway, I guess he’s a steal for a year, at an ancient 34 years old, and riddled with injury problems. But he’s our right-handed pop guy that Jack Zduriencik and everyone else has been talking about since about November-ish, so he’s our injury problem now. Tommy Everidge, a guy nobody seemed too terribly excited about, was DFA’d to make room for Byrnes, we hardly knew ye. So I’m going to take a stab at it and say that it looks like they plan on platooning left field all year long. Also, he wears tabis:
I think we’re going to need more beach.
I neglected to mention something earlier that I found to be a marvelous revelation…I spent most of yesterday listening to Brock & Salk at SafeCo talking to Zduriencik, Don Wakamatsu, Shannon Drayer, and a bunch of other people in regards to the upcoming season, mercifully saving me from having to listen to football talk for 4 hours. I wasn’t able to grab an exact quote, but heard mention of the batting order this year, as there has been some small amount of postulating over who was going to hit where, with both Ichiro and Chone Figgins in the mix now. Emphatically, it was stated that Ichiro was number one, like always, but what I found to be fantastic was that this does not bother Figgins in the least. If memory serves, both Wak and Zduriencik stated that Figgins is only interested in the win, and doesn’t really care what order he’s in. I love this – whether clubhouse chemistry is quantifiable or not, to have this sort of attitude continue on into 2010 just makes me all that much more stoked for the season to begin. Hugs for everyone!
I shall get this evening started by doing what I’ve been long promising a few people I was going to do; saying farewell to Miguel Batista:
See all y’all tomorrow!