Saturday in the Park
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Same as yesterday: Pods 7, Alexei 6, JD 9, Thome dh, PK 3, AJ 2, Getz 4, Beckham 5, Wise 8. Buehrle pitching.
When asked about Carlos Quentin again today, Ozzie said he is not really thinking about his this weekend, that it depends on when people think Carlos is ready to come back and contribute and on how he feels and if he can play with the soreness. Ozzie stressed that he didn’t want to rush Carlos back, like we had to do with Dewayne Wise, and that he didn’t want to have to protect him when he returned.
When asked what his team needs over the season’s second half, Ozzie answered, “health and pitching.”
“If we stay healthy and get good pitching, we’re going to have a chance.” He then added that he would love more production out of the centerfield position. “If we get that, we can be a good offensive team.”
This from Ozzie yesterday …
On the way back from a spring training game in Winter Haven (this is back in the mid 1990s), the team bus ran out of refreshments. Some of the guys came up with the idea of pulling off at the next gas station to re-fuel the ice chests. The bus did, and the team sent three rookies in to buy provisions. The three rookies: Ray Durham, Mike Cameron and … Michael Jordan.
As the three returned to the bus loaded down for the rest of the trip to Sarasota, the station’s patrons all were seen looking out the windows, asking themselves, “Did we just see what we thought we saw?”
Meanwhile, the bus was howling.