Farewell, Troy

So the physicals were passed and now it is but the details needing ironing out before Troy changes the colour of his feathers from blue to red. Auf Wiedersehen! Thanks for volunteering to play shortstop, for those towering moonshots and for all the hobbling around. Sorry that I found you less attractive than Lexi, Peaches and Hill and God help me, AJ. He is sex on legs when he is on, which is, give or take, 50% of the time.

Here's Jeff Blair's quote from his blog (about Troy, not my ill-advised AJ fixation):

"Not too many big-time Major Leaguers with a World Series MVP award on their resume would volunteer to play a position they hadn't manned since college since (trust me) few of them would like to risk looking like a doofus on the field. Glaus could be a pain in the ass to deal with - at best he was a grumpy old man - and he could treat a two-minute interview like root canal surgery but he'd also answer questions and was by and large a stand-up guy. There's nothing wrong with being a challenging interview."

And I second the Tao's whooping for finally having something to write about besides the size of Clemens' ass. Pitchers and catchers report in 30 days.

To file under WTF? Apparently an Albany based investigation into performance enhancing drugs have named 50-Cent, Tyler Perry, Timbaland, Wyclef Jean and Mary J. Blige as users/receivers of steroids and HGH. Now Fiddy is built and Timbo looks like a barrell with arms, but Mary J. Blige?!?!? You promised me no more drama!!!!

the difference between being hurt and really being hurt.

This week in WTF, JP? asks

So JP called out Burnett for being injured and basically told him to man up or be the "4th starter". Oh, the stupidity. AJ needs work, and still learning how to pitch. But telling him to pitch through the pain and sort of questioning his manhood is completely ridiculous. If it's mental, than talk to him and work it out. Don't act like it's completely out of your hands.

Sager, over at Out of Left Field, sums it up perfectly

"Fans could accept that Burnett being a little bit hurt is like a woman being a lil' bit pregnant. There's no such thing with him. No one, even people in the game, knows what all goes into pitching and keeping a guy's arm healthy, so why shouldn't Burnett get benefit of the doubt if he says he's hurt, especially after the workload the Jays put on him a month ago?"