Friday, March 30, 2007
Thursday, March 29, 2007
duquette on ny air
- "we're expecting a lot of good things [from tejada] ... he was embarrassed by the way he played defensively, especially the first half last year ..."
- demurred on gibbons
- trachsel and wright "have been spotty" "we may end up going with 13 pitchers to start the season" because of wright's shoulder issues
- "i really thought the mets would have [chad bradford] back"
- "we overpaid [danys] baez" but had to, to get him on the roster
- perlozzo "he's still a work in progress"
- on Os having to play Red Sox, Yankees, "we've had a pretty big turnover in the roster ... i don't expect [losing mentality] to be an issue this year"
- on MASN, "it's the only way ... to compete" with big-market clubs
- he did not attempt to push back when mike & mad dog implied Orioles have no shot at post-season
- on Yankees, "we catch them the second series of the year. maybe we can take advantage" of weaker rotation
- what's a good year for Os? "i think .500" "we'd sign for .500 right now" "maybe you're in the hunt middle of the year and make a trade"
the wayward O is not overly impressed with his performance. whatever. everyone sez Os will be better. the only thing that matters is wins and losses.
Labels: hOpe springs eternal
Monday, March 26, 2007
who is "yan ruddy?" it's funny listening to out-of-town announcers struggle with other teams' spring training rosters.
by the way, hayden penn is a great kid. they sent him down to the minors and he was all, "hey it's cool." he's 23 and very mellow. just a little wild on the hill.
ps. another day, another home run for the young savior.
Thursday, March 22, 2007
the yOung savior
the young savior already has two HRs vs. dodgers today and he's pulled one back.
in budgetary terms that's a total of three HRs in two innings.
plus he's a handsome bastard:
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
parrish and yan and pray for flan
last night the wayward o watched Os vs mets and he concluded that john parrish still isn't very good and ruddy yan isn't very good either -- unless you like to see karate kicks in center field instead of guys running down fly balls.
also it's time for t.w.o to weigh in on a weighty issue: the spring training hats. wayward o think they're fine as long as they stay in flarda when the teams come north.
Labels: hOpe springs eternal
Saturday, March 10, 2007
steaming viddy O
last year the wayward o did not know mlb would automatically renew subscription to gameday audiO. so wayward o went ahead and re-subscribed. then wayward o was charged twice!!! wayward o chirped and chirped but nobody would listen. wayward o ate the extra charge just like that. it made wayward o think of his favorite movie poem:
put that shit, in my hand
this year wayward o is more wary. he calls mlb.com friday and waits on hold for 35 minutes. he gets a customer rep on the line, who explains the site isn't re-upping automatically this year because of the firestorm the automatic re-ups created between the 05 and 06 seasons. apparently t.w.o. wasn't the only sucka who got billed twice.
wayward o suggests to the customer rep, let's sign me up for a package over the phone just to make sure we don't have repeat of the double-billing fiasco. sure, says mlb.com rep ... let's do that.
but wait ... despite the fact that wayward o can log in to the mlb site, customer rep has no information on file about wayward o. rep explains, 'our database only goes back six months.' rep also says wayward o's current subscription is valid until march 31 2007. rep makes these claims despite the fact that wayward o CAN login but CANNOT listen to audio streams.
wayward o points this out, rep confirms, rep has no explanation. wayward o says to rep, 'i know this isn't your fault, but your system is really awful. just terrible.' rep says, more or less, 'yes, yes it really is...'
meanwhile, springtime happy winfest is going on as they speak. and wayward o wishes to harness the power of the internets and watch said happy spring winfest. so what does wayward o do? he signs up for the mlb tv online package and says, in effect, damn the torpedOes.
wayward o remarks to a friend at the office: they got what i want. and there's not a damn thing i can do about it except pay the money and wonder how many times they'll charge me this year!
on a postive note, the signup was easy and within seconds of handing over the wayward credit card number t.w.o. was streaming friday's game.
just to recap:
--- mlb.com's customer interface is an unmitigated disaster
--- and it's not a secret to them
--- they may or may not bill you twice
--- you won't know until you are billed twice
--- it takes half a day just to get someone on the phone
--- if you do get them on the phone, it won't help
--- they will take your money, however, without any problems
i guess that's what happens when you deal with the monopoly.
Thursday, March 8, 2007
blOwing the mets away...
today the wayward o got a look at the birds vs mets on nyc cable. it warmed my birdie heart to see the orange and black all rarin' to go even if it was the 2nd string at best ... who is ruddy yan? and how come he can't catch a fly ball?
oh man cabrera can bring it. looks to me like he's taken some of the herky-jerky out of his windup and tightened down the whole deal in order to get the ball over the plate. his line was something like: 3 innings, 1 hit, 4 Ks and no walks ...... yawsome.
btw --- el duque um looked kind of rusty and old. he literally threw a 48-mph curve ball. he wasn't fooling anybody. a young birdy in training named donachie (DON AH CHEE) took him wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy downtown.
Labels: hOpe springs eternal
Tuesday, March 6, 2007
happy spring winfest
eras are low, batting averages are high and nobody on the roster has been fingered in the latest steroid miasma!!!
we're so used to the wheelz coming off, however... will steve trachsel get in a bar fight with an everglades airboat captain? will hayden penn run over a manatee and flee the scene? will kevin millar make fun of melvin mora's threads and ruin the lockerroom happytime?
the wayward O is excited! the wayward O is worried! the wayward O is cold because it's 13 degrees in brooklyn.
do the yankees really jump up and down at home plate when they win a spring training game? yet another reason to loathe them.
Labels: wOe is me