13) Once, just once, I want to hear a prominent pro athlete say:
“You know, I make $20 million a year; I’ll be happy no matter where I play.”
Because if you ain’t happy making an 8-figure salary, not sure what’ll do it.
12) Charlie Blackmon’s week for Colorado:
Seven games: 21-37, 14 runs, 13 RBI, three doubles, a triple and five homers. Not bad.
11) Colorado scored 44 runs in their last three games, but lost two of the three.
Sunday’s game at Coors Field was especially bizarre: San Diego scored four runs in the 9th to take the lead, the 4th run coming when pinch-hitter Schram (a pitcher) was walked with the bases loaded by Jon Gray, normally a starting pitcher.
10) San Diego’s Eric Lauer has started three games at Coors Field: Total of 8.2 IP, 24 hits, 8 walks, 20 runs (0-3, 19.73)
Might want to skip his turn next time the Padres go to Denver.
9) In his long, great career, Nolan Ryan struck out nine guys whose fathers he had previously struck out.
8) Was watching re-run of Michigan-Texas Tech game from College World Series; they were talking about this kid on Tech who would keep a journal with him in the dugout, and would write in it after each at-bat, to the point where he was ignoring the action on the field.
Finally they asked him to stop writing in the journal until after the game; was an interesting discussion about how different kids approach the game differently from a mental standpoint.
7) Baseball stuff:
— Mets put P Noah Syndergaard (hamstring) on IL.
— Orioles put OF Dwight Smith (concussion) on the IL.
— Nationals put P Kyle Barraclough (radial nerve) on the IL
6) 45% of players on major league rosters on Opening Day this year went to a 4-year college; 25% are international players.
5) Healthy advice I saw on the Interweb this week: “Find three hobbies: one to make you money, one to keep you in shape, and one to keep you creative.”
4) Indians, Brewers, Cardinals are only teams without a grand slam this season.
3) Seattle Mariners began their salary dump, trading Edwin Encarnacion to Bronx for 19-year old pitcher Juan Then, who is 2-5, 2.67 in two seasons of Class A ball (24 starts)- he hasn’t pitched at all yet this season.
2) Braves 15, Phillies 1— Atlanta scored 78 runs in winning nine of its last ten games, their best 10-game stretch of scoring runs since 2007.
1) Writer from Atlanta suggested this Saturday night, and it makes sense; if the Cubs do put a sportsbook in Wrigley Field, shouldn’t Pete Rose finally be allowed on the Hall of Fame ballot?