This week we have Frank Francisco being ballsy, Johnny Damon apparently being a boss and Joe Maddon being the best.

Hopefully this week I can gush about a manager that isn’t an alleged homphobe. (Thanks for ruining my optimism, Parkes.)

If you don’t like it, pitch better

Jeff Francis’ reaction to the Rockies shuffling their rotation is pretty awesome. And if anyone knows about rotation shuffling, it’s Jeff Francis.

It’s becoming to be the [expletive] hole it used to be. Look around. Playing here used to be so much fun. Now, every day is something new — not related to baseball. [Reporters] need to leave us alone, play ball and do what we know how to do.

David Ortiz has shown the true power of winning – it has the ability to make Boston not seem like a shithole.

I can’t wait to face those chickens. I want to strike out the side against them. I’ve done it before.

I’m all for talking shit about the Yankees. Or to the Yankees. Or about Yankees fans but…Frank Francisco? I mean, I was a fan of his before and this makes it really hard not to be a fan of his now and, really, you’ve got to admire the balls on the guy. But…Frank Francisco?

Canseco is the only guy that has come clean. Like him or not, he’s telling the truth. These guys lie, lie, lie, lie, lie. Roger, I think is in the same boat.

I never thought I’d get a chance to say this: Goose Gossage and I are totally on the same page. Dreams. Fulfilled.

Although he looks a bit like Hugh Hefner – minus any playmates – as he walks to his locker, Damon exudes an unmistakable aura, one that demands respect and attention.

Seriously, would anyone have expected this to be a description of Johnny Damon 8 years ago? Not his clubhouse presence, that I get, it’s the Hugh Hefner thing I can’t get past. Though I do love that it has to be pointed out that he doesn’t have any playmates.

“You just have to take a deep breath. It’s something you can easily get excited about and try to do a little too much. It’s something where, you’ve been here before, just get up there, see some pitches and put a good swing on it.

I mean, I guess if Jeff Frye can hit for the cycle, anyone can do it. But, seriously, if I had to pick any former Jay that I’d like to see hit for the cycle, Aaron Hill would be very close to the top of that list. Good on him.

I totally understand that. Davey’s right. I’m incapable of reading the rulebook, and there’s also reading between the lines in some situations that needs to be looked at, too. He’s been around long enough; he knows better than that.

It was damn near impossible for me to pick just one quote from this article, there are so, so many awesome ones. You should check it out. Point is, Joe Maddon has officially entered the Getting Quoted Quote Pantheon (which I just made up). I’m surprised it took him this long (but that’s probably on me).

But the Rays would like you to buy into a fictional past for just a day, as they roll out throwback uniforms on June 30 to an era in which the team didn’t actually exist.

See what I mean? The Rays are really doing everything they can to prove that they’re the best organization in baseball and I find it hard to believe Joe Maddon didn’t have something to do with this. He’s the best. Also, that picture, you guys! I’m almost entirely convinced that Joe Maddon is actually Craig Finn from the future.