Strap yourselves in, folks, it’s the PMoD’s turn to answer Parkes’s questions about all things crab- and-tuna-related—though it’s doesn’t go quite the same as Parkes’s normal crab-and-tuna-related conversations. And as always, it’s all on behalf—or, in partnership with, or something—of The Score.
Thanks to a tip from our friend Mike Wilner on his new, awesome and refreshingly hockey-free Baseball Today program for the fan, we’ve been told of a little vote-trading action that’s going on between Jays fans and Giants fans, somewhere over on Pro Sports Daily.
Giants fans will vote for Adam Lind on their Final Vote ballots in exchange for Jays fans voting for their own Pablo Sandoval—who, frankly, you should probably be voting for anyway, based on the season he’s had—and I say… let’s make this a thing!
More to come! Unless I get lazy and don’t bother!
“We have to see what’s out there,” Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi says. “I’m not saying we’re going to shop him. But if something makes sense, we at least have to listen. We’re (leaning) more toward listening than we’ve ever been.”
There’s the money quote from the latest effort from an American writer to explode a tiny kernel of possibility acknowledged by JP Ricciardi that the Jays might consider maybe considering listening to an offer on Roy Halladay if they get an offer that makes sense—this time from that fucking Oompa-Loompa, Kenny Ken Kenneth Ken Kenny Rosenthal—into full-blown Halladay-on-the-block hysteria.
This is not news.
I know those maybe sound like the words of a Jays fan fiercely in denial, but they’re really not. This is just fucking tiresome. How many times over the years has Ricciardi said—about not just Halladay, but any player—that “if something makes sense, we at least have to listen”?
Of fucking course he’ll listen! Is that seriously all you’ve got???
<p>The article—which is titled “Jays’ Halladay all but gone in Toronto”, though I’ll give Kenny Ken Ken the benefit of the doubt that he didn’t title the piece—is just a cheap way for Rosenthal to exploit a tiny shift in Ricciardi’s language from statements month ago, get some face time and some page views, and to give sports talk radio shows an easy topic to run with. [Cue wanking motion].
That’s right, Fan590 and your ridiculous fucking morning dedicated to making a mountain out of this horseshit, you’re not a whole lot better in my books right now. I mean, I know it’s early, but could you maybe read a little more than just the title?
Oh, but here’s the fucking bulletproof conclusion that Rosenthal has come to:
Ricciardi says the Jays will not trade Halladay if they do not receive the right offer, knowing that the team’s best chance of competing next season is with the pitcher at the top of the rotation.
Once this process starts, it’s almost impossible to stop. Rest assured, the Jays are assembling prospect lists and preparing to assign their scouts to investigate rival farm systems. Halladay is a goner. It’s just a matter of when and where.
A real fucking compelling argument. Never heard of a team saying that they might consider listening to an offer on a player and then not eventually going through with it.
Rosenthal then goes through about ten teams who he figures could potentially be in the “sweepstakes”, and basically concludes that none of them appear to have the right combination of prospects to move, payroll to accommodate taking on the Doc’s salary, while still being a desirable-enough destination for him to waive his no-trade clause for.
He also said on the Fan’s morning show that his immediate reaction was “whoa, this is a reversal,” but that when he spoke to Ricciardi about it, JP said it’s not, and that the Jays have “always been open minded.”
So… ? Then… ? What… ?
Fucking ridiculous horseshit is what. Is Kenny really prepared to look JP in the eye with this nonsense? I mean, provided he was able to find a chair to stand on. Talk to me when there’s something new to discuss here. What a fucking waste.
UPDATE: Ricciardi showed up on Mike Hogan’s show on the Fan 590 this morning to address this tiresome non-story:
“We’re not putting up a sign that says we’re trading Roy Halladay. I think that’s the furthest thing from what’s going on right now.”
“We’re not out there shopping him, but like any of our players, if someone comes knocking, we wouldn’t be doing our job if we don’t listen.”
“That’s what it’s like this time of year, during the trading period.”
“We’ve always said that a) we don’t want to trade Roy Halladay, and b) if we do decide to trade Roy Halladay, it’s going to be very painful for the other organization.”
You’ll have to forgive me if this was made clear on either the Jays’ TV or radio broadcasts, but I didn’t have my Sports Sync Radio today, which forced me to listen to Jamie Campbell and Rance Mulliniks—and it turns out, thank fuck, I’m pretty good at tuning them out. So I didn’t quite grasp what the big deal was when Derek Jeter was called out trying to steal third early in the game, and Joe Girardi was subsequently tossed for arguing.
“Jeter thought he was safe,” reports Matt Gelb in the Newark Star-Ledger. “The ball had beaten him there, but he moved his left hand around Scott Rolen’s glove and replays showed he touched the bag before Rolen’s tag.”
“He didn’t tag me,” Jeter told umpire Marty Foster.
“He didn’t have to,” Foster said, according to Jeter. “The ball beat you.”
Juh? OK, that’s pretty fucked. I mean, I know that umpires sometimes call guys out because the ball beat them to the bag, but… uh… I’m pretty sure most players are going to know that that’s not the rule.
Especially, you know, someone with a solid gold cock like Derek Jeter.
“Jete’s not going to argue unless he’s safe,” said Yankees manager Joe Girardi, who was ejected for breaking one of baseball’s cardinal rules, trying to suck Derek Jeter off while a member of the umpiring crew was simultaneously trying to do the same. “That’s the type of player that Derek Jeter is.”
“In my 27 years in the big leagues, he is probably the classiest person I’ve been around,” said crew chief John Hirschbeck, who was reportedly surprised to see the golden boy arguing, adding, “It would make his actions seem appropriate if that’s what he was told.”
Marty Foster, the umpire who made the call, was not made available for comment after the game, but on behalf of all Jays fans I’d like to tell him, uh… thanks.
After coming down with a case of left-arm shittiness (actually bruised ribs, but lets be serious), Brad Mills will not be taking the place of the injured Scott Richmond in the Jays rotation tomorrow. Instead, that job has been given to the unspellable one, Marc Rzepczynski.
For you bloggers out there, I’d simply copy the correct spelling of his name from this here post.
Rzepczynski, another left-hander and an extreme groundball pitcher, went 7-5 with a 2.83 ERA, 88 Ks and 36 walks in 76 2/3 innings for Double-A New Hampshire before he was called up to Las Vegas. After two sparkling starts for the 51s—0.79 ERA, 16 K and 4 BB in 11 1/3 innings—here he is.
Oh yeah, it’s pronounced Zep-chin-skee. Or something thereabouts. Let’s all cross our fingers . . .