The Week That Was in Baseball: August 3-9, 2009
Baseball's Brave New Post-Trade Deadline World • Big Papi's Nutritional Nightmare
Jeffrey Loria Goes for Broke • Matt Holliday's Mile-High Debut in St. Louis
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After Two Weeks Under an Arch...
I thought of that comment as I came back from two weeks on the road in the Southwest, lost among numerous national parks, often away from Internet or ESPN (the latter in part because my two kids hijacked any TV we had in favor of Spongebob Squarepants and iCarly.
So tell me, in the past few weeks:
• How’s David Ortiz, our Great Clean Hope, playing? (Oh.)
• How about that Josh Hamilton and his continued triumph over addiction? (Oh.)
• How’s Jack Wilson, Freddie Sanchez, Ian Snell, John Grabow and Tom Gorzelanny doing for Pittsburgh? (Oh.)
• How’s Cliff Lee, Victor Martinez, Ryan Garko, Carl Pavano and Ben Francisco doing for Cleveland? (Oh.)
• How about the job those Boston reclamation projects like John Smoltz are doing? (Oh.)
• How long is Jake Peavy going to keep turning down trade offers? (Oh.)Eric
A Rare Collector's Item in the Making
Has Jeffrey Loria Lost His Mind?
From Triple-A to Triple Digits
Hooray for Harang
This Week's Challenger to Joe DiMaggio
Steroids Suspect of the Week
The roundabout admission of good guy Ortiz was painful for followers of baseball (except those who root for the Yankees), but it also underscores the notion that, maybe, the ballpark figures of 50-to-80% steroid usage within the majors from perceived loudmouths Jose Canseco and Curt Schilling are edging closer to a possible truth.
What Comes Around Goes Around
Hitting Like It's a Mile High
Slumpless in Seattle
Wounded of the Week
Also sidelined for varying lengths of time this past week are Texas second baseman Ian Kinsler (hamstring), Arizona outfielder Justin Upton (side), Boston shortstop Jed Lowrie (left arm numbness) and outfielder Rocco Baldelli (ankle), Chicago Cub ace Carlos Zambrano (back), Los Angeles of Anaheim starting pitcher Joe Saunders (shoulder) and, yet again, Los Angeles starting pitcher Jason Schmidt (shoulder).
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