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Today's Dish: Lewis Traded to Jays, Cantu is Can-do

Jays Pick Up Fred Lewis from Giants - Bluebird Banter
The TORONTO BLUE JAYS have acquired outfielder FRED LEWIS from the San Francisco Giants in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. LEWIS has yet to appear in a game this season after being placed on the disabled list by the San Francisco Giants on April 4 with a strained left oblique muscle. Today he was activated from the disabled list following his recall from a medical rehabilitation assignment with Fresno of the Pacific Coast League where he hit .409 in seven games with one home run and six RBI.

Nice pick up for the Jays.

Marlins' Cantu continues hit, RBI streak in rout of Reds -
Jorge Cantu saw the pitch bounce in the dirt, giving Hanley Ramirez plenty of time to move up to second base and into scoring position. He instantly felt relaxed. One pitch later, Cantu extended his major league season-opening record to 10 games with a hit and an RBI by lofting a double to right-center, and the Florida Marlins went on to salvage a four-game series split by beating the Cincinnati Reds 10-2 Thursday night. "Hopefully I can continue to ride this, see where it takes me," Cantu said. "I don't know when it's going to come to an end. But right now, I'm happy."

Jorge Cantu? Really? Cool.

Authorities reviewing video of Dodgers fan being hit by guard - Baseball
Authorities are reviewing a video posted on YouTube which appears to show a security guard pushing a fan from Dodger Stadium, then kicking him and tackling him to the ground. The post indicates the video is from the Dodgers' home opener on Tuesday.

Here's a link to the video: YouTube Video. Just your typical Dodger fans having typical Dodger fan fun. What I found interesting in the video is the commentary of the guy recording it. First, he tells security he can film if he wants when one of the security guys tries to make him stop. Next, he offers to sell the video for $50,000. Finally, he decides he's not so pissed off at the way security is handling the situation when he realizes who is getting beat up, "Nevermind, he's white."

Cherry Hill Man Accused Of Purposely Vomiting On Young Girl At Phillies Game -
Police arrested a Cherry Hill man after he was accused of intentionally vomiting on a young girl at the Phillies game Wednesday evening. The young girl's father, trying to give his daughters an unforgettable night at the ballpark, ended up getting a memory he wishes he could forget. Captain Michael Vangelo with the Easton Police Department was off-duty when he took his 11 and 15-year-old daughters to the Phillies game Wednesday night.

How many times have you been told, "if you're going to throw up on someone, make sure it's not the daughter of an off duty police officer?" I'm not trying to make any excuses for this idiot, but some possible reasons he got sick:
1) A Phillies fan offered to have sex with him for his World Series ticket,
2) They were playing the Nationals,
3) He was told the Phillies might try and trade for Alfonso Soriano.

Jay-Z suing David Ortiz over nightclub name -
Jay-Z and a business partner are suing slugger David Ortiz, claiming the Boston Red Sox star named his Dominican nightclub after the mogul's chain of 40/40 clubs. The lawsuit, filed Thursday in Manhattan Federal Court, accuses Ortiz of naming his Santo Domingo club Forty-Forty in the hopes of trading in on the rap star's fame. The suit seeks over $5 million in damages and for Ortiz to forfeit any use of the 40/40 name.

Ortiz should put out a record. Call it "Big Knock Life".

Houston Astros vs. St. Louis Cardinals - Recap - April 15, 2010 - ESPN
No champagne spray awaited the Houston Astros. Just an overwhelming sense of relief. "On a scale of 1 to 10?" rookie manager Brad Mills said after the Astros beat St. Louis 5-1 Thursday for their first win of the season, avoiding a tie for the worst start in franchise history. "It's pretty high. And that's just being truthful."

About damn time.

Ron Washington leaving in Matt Harrison -- a poll - Lone Star Ball
Should Ron Washington have let Matt Harrison start the 8th inning, and face Shin-Shoo Choo?

44% think Washington made the right decision. The other 56% want to party with Ron.

Some Good News About Aaron Harang - Red Reporter
Looking at Aaron Harang's performance so far, two things look like very bright spots to me. First, he's throwing many more first pitch strikes. Last season he hit a career low for first pitch strikes at 59.7%, the only time in his career that he's been below 60%. This year, he's thrown a strike on the first offering a full two-thirds of the time. That's very good news as there is a huge difference for Harang (and most pitchers) when he gets an 0-1 count versus a 1-0 count since 2004; After 1-0 Count .301/.384/.496 After 0-1 Count .228/.262/.274

Everything you've always wanted to know about Aaron Harang. Yeah, THAT Aaron Harang.

Joel Pineiro reflects on New York Mets' lackluster and 'weird' offseason pursuit - NY Daily News
At the very least, Pineiro was obviously a much-needed upgrade for the Mets' staff. And baseball people whispered during the winter that he was GM Omar Minaya's No. 1 target among pitchers. So what happened? That's what Pineiro would like to know.

What happened? Omay Minaya happened. The Mets organization happened. Why all the confusion?

Rejected Target Field Displays - Twinkie Town
Part of Target Field's charm is its focus on the rich history of Minnesota baseball, from the statues of Twins legends and the enlarged baseball cards of Twins pseudo-legends to the Town Ball Tavern celebrating the state's town-team baseball tradition. However, there was only room for so much, so some things had to be culled. Here's a look at some of the displays and memorabilia that you won't be seeing at your new baseball park:

An interactive, multimedia display titled, "He's Still in the League? A Celebration of Twins Veteran Signings." It would have allowed fans to immerse themselves in the experience of watching Tony Batista butcher a slow-rolling grounder, or observe the suspiciously diminished skill set of Bret Boone in real time. The proposal was scrapped when planners realized it was cheaper to just fly in Batista, Boone, Butch Huskey, Rondell White, Ruben Sierra, Phil Nevin, Jose Offerman, Pat Borders and Craig Monroe, have them hang out in one of the concourses and pay them in cigarettes.

They did go with this display (Kirby Puckett?). Someone must have spiked their lefse.

Um, What? Jose Guillen Tells KC Star He 'Almost Died' Last Year - Royals Review
Never a day off on the Royals beat. Man, this team is weird. And you thought you'd heard the last strange story about Royal injuries in 2009. This afternoon Bob Dutton broke this bizarre story regarding Jose Guillen. "I almost died last year from blood clots in my legs," he said. "Both of my legs. I had to stay in St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City for 20 days (in the offseason) just lying in bed. "My legs were so big, so swollen up. They were purple. I couldn’t even walk on them. I couldn’t feel my legs. That was right after my ankle surgery and the surgery on my lower back. "I went to the hospital, and I was crying because I couldn’t feel my leg. I was thinking, ‘What’s going on here?’

Is this for real? I honestly don't know what to say about this.

Braves' Jo-Jo Reyes Mercifully Disabled - Talking Chop
This guy, for all of his perceived talent, is not a Major League pitcher, and it is so frustrating as to why the Braves keep trying to insist that he is. So the Braves are placing him on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained knee. Even Bobby Cox is getting preemptively defensive about this kind of injury: "[Reyes'] knee is bad," Braves manager Bobby Cox said. "It really is. It's not an excuse. It's really bad." In Reyes' defense, he tweaked the knee after facing two batters, but he did surrender a double and a single to those two batters. So in theory he was more effective once he got injured since he actually got some outs. Either way, I'd be happy not seeing him in Atlanta again this year.

But his name's Jo-Jo! Who doesn't want a Jo-Jo on their team?? (is it pronounced 'ho-ho'?)