Yesterday I was able to listen to the last few innings of our game against the Angels, with what I heard was a vague idea of the final lineup. I also heard Rick Rizzs mention that the home plate ump had taken a pitch in the arm pretty hard and had to be removed from the game, so another ump stood behind the mound and called balls and strikes. I’m absolutely sure that he was even more accurate from 60 feet away than he might have been standing directly behind Adam Moore. We beat the Angels 12-6, and I know it’s just Spring Training, but that is OK with me.
The Jose Lopez Third Base Experiment, outside of being the name of my next band, is no longer an experiment. Lopez has reportedly earned his spot at the hot corner. Understandably, there are a lot of people who are not too happy about this development, including myself. But rather than spend time bagging on this situation, I’m going to try and be more positive about it. The Powers That Be must be satisfied with the change to the extent that they’re cool with signing off on this. It could be that they believe he’s better or has the capacity to be better than what we’ve heard during most of Spring Training, or maybe they’re just willing to lose a little security at third in order to have more coverage up the middle. I’m going to reserve judgment for the month of April before I start panicking, because this isn’t quite worth panicking over, not yet.
I’m not even going to panic over this. Dave Cameron -as usual- makes some very good points, and I’m certainly not downplaying the seriousness of Cliff Lee’s current physical condition. I’ve tried to be upset about it, and sure, it’s not a very good situation for us, but I just can’t work myself up about this right now. It’d be super easy to take everything that’s happened so far – Lee’s injuries, Milton Bradley’s ejections, the Jose Lopez issue, Doug Fister getting hit in the hand, the lack of healthy Eric Bedard, the possibility that maybe, just maybe, Mike Sweeney might make the team – and flip out and call this season done and over with, but I’m just not interested in taking that path right now. In 2008, we looked good on paper, and look what happened there. In 2009, we didn’t look great on paper, and came in with a winning season, despite the fact that we weren’t “supposed” to. Rather than spend time and energy worrying about things I can’t control, I prefer to watch the season unfold as it will. This isn’t to say that I won’t pull some hair or gnash some teeth if things start going immediately downhill, but right now I just can’t motivate myself to freak about any of this.
Three days until the Seattle Sounders FC home opener. Two weeks until the start of baseball season proper. Two weeks and four days until the Tacoma Rainiers home opener. Three weeks until Opening Day. These next three weeks are going to be just stellar.