I suspect this is closer to long-term reality, Randy.
Oh, there's hope. But it's kind of significant that A.J. Pierzynski, who was brought here to catch once every few days, is already catching every day.
It was a slow-burning argument. Freeman stood there, incredulous, with his hands on his head. Then he took off his helmet and dropped it. We in the press box weren't sure Freeman had been ejected until Chris Johnson showed up playing first base.
As noted, it was odd. A lot of odd stuff last night. As I said to the Nats' writers, "Your team messed up this field to the point that nobody could throw the ball straight."
I don't know that we can say Fredi Gonzalez isn't going to play Bethancourt ever. This is the manager who never quite gave up on Dan Uggla and B.J. Upton. (Well, not never. But it took him a long, long time.)
The Braves apparently like Callaspo. Not sure these general managers are as high on Chris Johnson as the last one was.
Sent down last week in a bullpen shakeup. But the Braves insisted it was a temporary thing. They just needed fresh arms to get through the weekend.
I have to say, Freeman made a meal out of that strikeout, as the English soccer announcers say of a player who embellish a fall.
The Bethancourt is intriguing, though. On a team that's rebuilding, there will always come that disconnect: Do we play games -- and players -- for the future or try to win them now? A manager is almost always going to come down on the side of winning now. That's because he's judged on wins and losses.
My friend Mr. Google sheds no light on Mr. Toscano's whereabouts.
Don't think so. He pitched last night. His career has had some wobbles, to say the least. When he's good, he's really good. When he's not ...
Ha. I don't recall Torre batting Garber leadoff. That's funny.
I actually mentioned that to John Hart a week or so ago. He smiled. But I don't think that's apt to happen. The same pricing issues will remain, though it's obvious the Braves don't have the same contractual obligations to others they did then.
Back to Andrelton Simmons' slide: If you watch it again, you'll see that he could have slammed his foot into the bag very hard had it not hit Escobar's glove. Fredi told me last night he was actually concerned that Simmons had gotten hurt. Bob Carpenter said the same on the Nats' broadcast.
And there's what what Atlanta-based correspondent wrote about the Nats' reaction.
I think they're both fourth outfielders. Not to mean about it.
Absolutely. You have to make the playoffs to win in the playoffs.
The fall boy, as opposed to the fall guy? I've said it before, but here goes: Fredi Gonzalez is well regarded in baseball circles. Nobody wants to be the team that fires him. (The Marlins did, but the Marlins are weird.) I think there's a chance he could ride this out. Won't be easy, but he has the backing of (new) management.
I can't help but take that question as an indication that you'd rather have him as your tour guide. I'll try not to take that personally.
I probably have more vacation days. But I don't take many.