Thursday, June 4, 2009
Pods 7, Missile 6, jd 9, pk 3, aj 2, fields dh, wise 8, beckham 5, Nix 4. Buehrle pitching.
Gordon flew in this morning from Charlotte and was saying his hellos around the clubhouse. He said his mom and dad are on their way for today’s game. Beckham will wear uniform No. 15 (not No. 3, that one is taken).
It’s been interesting to listen to and watch the public reaction to his quick arrival.
Having watched Gordon this spring, here are my thoughts: the ball does jump off his bat, some guys have that, some do not; he played at a very high level in college, which certainly gives guys a head start when compared to a prospect who may just be coming out of high school; he’s had success at pretty competitive professional levels; our director of player development is Buddy Bell, who knows a thing or two about playing third base; and with Ozzie Guillen and Joey Cora, we have the middle infield thing covered.
Earlier today, I was talking with a media rep about Robin Ventura and his big league debut. If you recall, and I’m sure most of you do, RV went something like 0-for-41 to start his career and turned out to be a pretty good big leaguer … so don’t judge anyone too soon (i.e. let’s stay even keel about this kid whether today is 0-4 or 4-4).
Just my thoughts …