I apologize for not posting an entry in over a week. I have been under the weather for that period and we are without a hot water heater, because the old one decided some time ago to leak and rotted out the floor underneath it and the 2 nearby furnaces, which now have to come out so that the floor can be fixed. GI showers with cold water are no fun! Also, in less than 2 weeks I leave for a milestone high school reunion in Massachusetts which I am running, so I am tearing my hair out trying to get ready for that.,
Sweeney Saves the Day and Holiday gets a Dinger: I hope you all saw Ryan Sweeney time his jump perfectly and reach over the wall to rob Ian Kinsler of a 3-run homer in the eighth inning yesterday in Texas. It was a thing of beauty and saved the A’s lead. I’m sure it made ESPN’s Web Gems last night. Here is his being congratulated by Matt Holliday after making the spectacular catch.
In the top of the ninth, Holliday finally hit his first homer as an A. I hope this opens the floodgates and he starts pounding the ball out of the park with regularity.
Eric Chavez to the DL? Eric is one of the nicest guys on the planet and his presence in the clubhouse and the dugout are invaluable. Having won more gold gloves than he can carry certainly speaks to his talent. That being said, can he be healthy enough to contribute on the field or at the plate? I just don’t know. Last night, Bob Geren hinted that he might be headed for yet another stint on the DL.
What Happened to Our Infield? Yikes! The infield was decimated in Texas. Garciaparra and Ellis went down with calf injuries, Willy Casilla stepped down wrong on the mound and injured his calf and Brett Anderson got a blister on one of his pitching fingers, which is not a wimpy injury if you’re a pitcher. It was a very bizarre game on Tuesday night in Arlington. Jason Giambi gave his hanstrings too much of a workout in the same game and now he is day-to-day. I guess it’s back to the drawing board to raid the River Cats, once again. Maybe we should activate Mike Gallego!
Things were so bad last night that no one was available to warm up Michael Wuertz in the bottom of the ninth inning, so Manager Bob Geren, a former catcher, donned a mitt and crouched down behind the plate for a few pitches until Kurt Suzuki could get his gear on and relieve him. Way to go, Bob. I hope your hammies can take it.
Now on to the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field: Let’s hope the A’s left the injury bug back in Texas. They open a weekend series tonight in Seattle. The Mariners are sitting in first place at the moment, although as my brother in Seattle often points out, “They’ll fade!” I hope he’s right. The A’s are only 3½ games behind the M’s. This series could change that in a big way.
Hold it, Hot Off the Presses! The A’s just now put Chavez on the 15-day DL with a strained right forearm, retroactive to April 25th. They recalled Gregorio Petit from Sacramento. Petit was hitting a mere .238 at Triple A this season, but that is a whole heck of a lot better than Chavez’ .100 batting average. Last year Gregorio batted .348 in 14 games over three stints with the A’s.