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If the season started today, we’d be in first place…

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Also reliable during spring training is all the attention garnered by the young kids pouring their heart out to try and make the team while the guys who know they have a spot already won’t even throw their best pitch for another three weeks:

Right-hander Dustin McGowan wowed hitters yesterday during batting practice with the quality of his fastball and breaking pitch. McGowan will start the season in Triple-A Syracuse. He has been pegged as a can’t-miss prospect for five years now, and gave another demonstration of his talent yesterday. “Guys were saying the same things about him as they were saying about A.J. Burnett … unhittable stuff,” Jays manager John Gibbons said.

Still, it’s encouraging stuff. Just like Burnett – wow! If Mcgowan makes the rotation, we’re going to be “team underachiever”… no wait, “team potential”… maybe, “team bullpen warmup?!?” We can’t throw strikes when it counts, but whizz-pop, can we light up the radar gun and impress the scouts!!!

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February 26, 2007 at 7:29 pm

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  1. If only we had Gil Meche to round out “Team Unfulfilled Talent”…now three-fifths of the rotation is “Team, um…we hope they can somehow last for 180 innings and go 10-14”.

    Chris

    February 27, 2007 at 5:58 am

  2. If we had Batista back as well, we could have a legitimate Cy Young contenter followed by 4 .500 pitchers with “Cy Young stuff”…

    halejon

    February 27, 2007 at 6:33 am

  3. For the hitters, who haven’t been in camp that long, every fastball looks the size of an aspirin tablet, travelling about 10 m.p.h. faster than it really is.

    “Make that 20 m.p.h.,” first baseman Lyle Overbay said. “I mean these young guys are hungry and they come armed with their whole arsenal … jamming us with curveballs and changeups.

    “You can tell the veterans, though. Tomo (Ohka) is out there just trying to locate his fastball, in and out. He’s just working. Those other guys are out there throwing whatever they’ve got.”

    halejon

    February 27, 2007 at 6:07 pm

  4. Team bullpen took a hit today, with this little tidbit:

    >A great deal more is forecast for Rios in 2007.

    >”He’s looking real good,” manager John Gibbons >said after yesterday’s warm-up game. “He goes >into that BP (batting practice) and just puts on a >show.”

    And for the once and only time in his career, a positive sentence about Sergio Santos’ defence was actually published in a semi-creidble paper:

    >He hit two balls sharply in the infield – one >impressively snagged by shortstop Sergio Santos, >the other finding a hole for a single.

    I think we should start a new thread: “You know its spring training when……”

    Dan

    February 27, 2007 at 7:26 pm

  5. Santos probably thought it was a Jelly doughnut.

    Chris

    February 27, 2007 at 8:31 pm


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