In case you couldnt make it to the ballpark last night to see it
here's a video of Hal's speech.
Last night was Hall o' Famer Hal Night in Cincinnati
and coincidentally it was also Ernie Harwell night in Detroit. The Tigers Hall o' Famer broadcaster is 92 and was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer. Here's what Harwell had to say during his ceremony at Comerica:
"In my almost 92 years on this earth, the good Lord has blessed me with a great journey, and the blessed part of that journey is it's going to end here in the great state of Michigan. "I deeply appreciate the great people of Michigan. I love their grit. I love the way they face life. I love the family values they have. And you Tiger fans are the greatest fans of all. No question about that. "And I certainly want to thank you from the depth of my heart, for your devotion, your support, your loyalty and your love. Thank you very much and God bless you." Baseball is losing some of it's finest ambassadors this year, huh?
CTR says that while Scott Rolen induced that wild pitch that scored Joey Votto for the win
it was Brandon Phillips on the back end of it that made the play of the day. As the ball rolled toward the Astros' dugout, BP rounded 2nd and hesitated only a second to see what catcher Chris Coste was going to do. When Coste coasted to the ball, BP sprinted to 3B without a throw. Dusty Baker tells BP that is "Jackie Robinson stuff". He likes that.
Johnny Cueto was scratched from the rotation yesterday due to the flu
and Matt Maloney will return to the mound in his stead. Maloney threw on Tuesday and his blister didnt bother him, so he's good to go.
Dusty has been taking advantage of the new depth at catcher
When Ryan Hanigan came off the DL last week, Baker said he would get the bulk of the catching duties. I let out a sigh of relief, because it was probably the first correct roster decision Baker made in 4 months. But of course, it hasnt happened like that, as Hanigan has only started 3 games since his return. Dusty loves him some Corky Miller, and he's gotten the majority of the starts. Dusty says Hanigan and Miller will split the series against the Marlins. Craig Tatum started yesterday's win against the Astros. Ramon Hernandez could be back by this weekend too, meaning our future catcher will likely get even less on-the-job training. Why?
Doug Gray did his season review of the Dayton Dragons
and he thinks Mark Serrano and Miguel Rojas are the best pitching and positional prospects on the team.
Jon Heyman took a look at the soon-to-be free agents and the kind of deals we can expect them to get this winter
If you are hoping the Reds could bring in a guy like Matt Holliday or Jason Bay or Chone Figgins to play LF, then you should probably just cut that out right now. Nahgonnahappen. I would be surprised if the Reds spent any more than $5 million combined this winter on free agents.
Bobby Cox has managed the Braves for 24 seasons
most of them very well. But he may not come back next year. "I just don’t know right now," he said. "I’m not thinking about it. I’m still trying to get us in the playoffs somehow." The Braves will likely miss the playoffs for the 4th straight season, and some of the fans are pointing at Cox. They can all go eat a peach for all I care. Let them miss the playoffs for 14 years and we'll see how they feel.
Anybody got a 3 year old that I can take to the park with me?
I wanna be on TV!