The great fallacy is that the game is first and last about winning. It's nothing of the kind. The game is about glory. It is about doing things in style, with a flourish, about going out to beat the other lot, not waiting for them to die of boredom.
A Vin Scully anecdote from last night...
"The Reds have agreed to terms with Dominican shortstop Olivel Florentino for $250,000, pending the approval of Major League Baseball.
Florentino was not among the 40 Dominican players who had to register with MLB prior to July 2, so his contract will not become official until MLB completes its investigation into his age and identity. Florentino, who at 16 is 6-foot-1, 155 pounds, is an offensive-oriented righthanded hitter."
-Ben Badler, Baseball America
CINCINNATI Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips spent Thursday morning in Family Court battling one of his baby mamas, a local woman with whom he has a 4-year-old daughter. He has another child with a woman in Buffalo. Phillips, who was selected as a reserve in tomorrow's MLB All-Star Game, and Danielle Daluisio had a casual relationship in 2006 that resulted in a daughter, Micole Malia Phillips. Phillips has seen the child a total of five days in four years according to Daluisio's lawyer, Lynne Gold-Bikin, chairwoman of Weber Gallagher's family-law division. Thursday's hearing set dates in August for a child-support hearing and November for a custody hearing.
Daluisio, who receives $5,000 per month from Phillips for the child, is seeking a significant increase in child support from the baller, who signed a 4-year, $27 million contract with the Reds in 2008. Daluisio, 27, who works in school administration and has an internship with the NCAA, has primary custody of the child and seeks to establish more strict visitation conditions for Phillips, 29, such as preventing him from exposing the child to other women, according to Gold-Bikin. An attorney for Phillips declined to comment on the situation, and a Reds spokesman did not get back to us.
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The thing that really ties that Lasorda rant together is the fact that he's railing against someone named Kurt Bevacqua, a shitty ballplayer name that could not be dreamed up in the laudanum haze of a thousand baseball poets.
-Seth Blair on playing with Mike Leake at ASU -
"It's given me all the confidence in the world," Blair said. "It really has. To see Mike go out and do what he's done, it's just been amazing. I've been really close to him. I've stayed in touch with him throughout the season so far. And to see what he's done, it hasn't surprised me because he's definitely a great player. He knows how to pitch, and he's taught me a lot of different things that have helped me succeed this year as a pitcher for Arizona state, and hopefully he's going to teach me a little more this offseason."
BP on hitting 2nd:
"Everyone tells me I'm doing a good job hitting second," Phillips said. "They're still pitching to me like I'm batting fourth, but my approach is totally different and go where they're pitching me and either get on base or move the guy over."
"I'm not going to say I like it, but I'm going to do what Dusty wants me to do, hitting second is different because you've got to play that role, when you're hitting third and fourth, your role is to drive in runs and get the hits in those situations," Phillips said. "I miss doing that, but I'm going to do what Dusty tells me to do. I'd love getting those RBIs and love doing those things, but what I've learned about batting second is you can't steal, because you need to leave a hole for Joey and those things. But as long as we win, I'm happy. I'm going to do what they ask me to do, I don't care as long as we're winning, that's why I'm not tripping. I'll just do my job hitting second and make the team better."
"With the signing of Orlando Cabrera last month, Votto became the only member of the projected starting infield without a Gold Glove award. Cabrera has two, second baseman Brandon Phillips has one and third baseman Scott Rolen has seven." - CNATI.com on Joey Votto.
I'm particularly heartened by this comment as I have high confidence in Joey defensively. Can we expect the defense (by WAR or whatever you crazy Sabres use) to be better?
On Aroldis Chapman: "We really don't know what we have. We're going to try not to let the fanfare and the $30 million affect what we do with him in Spring Training, but do what's best for him. He's only 21 years old and he's gotta' get used to living in the U.S.... Even if he doesn't [come North], we'll know we've got a real gem not far away."
On Homer: "Found the strike zone, found his rhythm... As much as I like Dibbs, where was he at 22 or 23 years-old? Where was Randy Johnson at 22 or 23 years-old? Curt Schilling? Not everyone "gets-it" at the same time, so let's not lose faith just 'cause it's modern MLB"
Schedule: "We've got it tough right out of the gate. The Cardinals, Carpenter & Wainwright. Hopefully we get their pitch count up... then the Cubs... I hope we're more ready right out of the gate. I'd like to get a lead rather than play catch up."
On youth in the outfield: "No, not really [concerned]. We are what we are, we don't have a whole lot of money to just go out and get someone. I was talking to Eric Davis the other day, and they were playing together in the OF 4 or 5 years before the 1990 W.S."
On SS, and interest in Cabrera: "We're exploring some of those avenues. That's an outstanding question. You know, Paul Janish played an outstanding SS last season, and you know that when we were playing, there were some HOF SS's that hit in the low .200's for a couple-three years before they caught on: Ozzie Smith..."
On Joey Votto: "He said he's feeling better than he's felt in years. Even though he seems like a veteran, he's still a very young man with only 2 years in the big leagues."
On "you've got some hackers on that team": "Cro, you know when we first came up, we were hackers, too. You just want them to improve. With experience, you get a better knowledge of the strike zone. I'm excited to help guys learn to play the game, to move runners over. One thing I really want to help out with is hitting with RISP..."
(Also, I had to laugh to hear Warren Cromartie refer to our #3 starter as "Queeto")