I sleep with a laptop on my nightstand for two reasons: 1) I usually fall asleep to a West Coast baseball game playing on MLB.tv; and 2) When I wake up in the morning, the first thing I do is turn the computer back on and read through several websites, hunting for interesting stories, before I even leave my bed.
On most days there’s one event or one article that stands out from the others, and, if you’ve ever read this morning feature before, you’ll know that I’ll usually dedicate a few hundred words to that link while giving the rest little more than a sentence. Occasionally, that one major story just won’t be there. No one got into a fight with a teammate the night before. No one asked to be traded. And Bud Selig didn’t even look awkward in a recent photograph.
On those rare mornings, I’ll usually just pick whichever random story is most interesting to me and then stretch it out as best as I can with quotes, descriptions and a wordy opinion. And then this morning happened. After reading through a bunch of websites I’ve got absolutely nothing.
Sure, I could talk about the Blue Jays struggling offense and point out the staggering amount of swinging strikes the team had in their most recent series against the Atlanta Braves, but I feel as though I’d just be repeating most of what we said in this week’s podcast and in yesterday’s post game live stream.
In audio form:
I could also write about Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke whining about his team’s schedule and how hard interleague baseball is, but the topic of balanced schedules has already been done to death.
I think the best thing I can possibly do at this point is just skip to the “And The Rest” section and use a bunch of single sentences to present links to stories like this one about Jayson Werth deciding to hire Scott Boras as his representative.
So, without further ado:
And The Rest
John Lackey’s post game press conference was particularly awesome after the Red Sox pitcher only last three and a third innings in his start against the San Diego Padres yesterday.
According to Francisco Rodriguez, Francisco Rodriguez has to get his head out of his butt and stop his pathetic play of late.
Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times writes about the winning atmosphere at a Dodgers game.
If you’ve ever seen Ichiro! take batting practice, you should be able to relate to this story about his untapped power.
Come on, home fans, there are rules to trying to grab foul balls. You should know better.
Finally, from NotGraphs, it’s “Dancing Baseball With Moustache.”
I know what you’re thinking: “That’s it? Those are the links for today?”
Seriously, there just isn’t a whole lot of news out there right now. Even Hardball Talk and Baseball Think Factory were reduced to linking to a story about the Chicago Cubs extending a commentator’s contract yesterday afternoon. I just couldn’t stoop that low.