December 13, 2005
Slow News Day
I said, "No, the ad is for MSNBC."
To which she replied, "What is BC?"
That is the sort of conversation that movies and television simply don't accurately capture.
By "interesting note" I mean interesting to me, because I was Little League teammates with Tony Cicalello. In fact, I'd probably rate him as the third-best player I ever played on the same team with, behind current University of Minnesota center fielder Tony Leseman and a guy named Travis Brown, who as far as I can tell has vanished from the face of the earth.
Tony Cicalello, who played baseball at Cretin-Derham Hall, will become baseball coach at St. Thomas Academy, with former Raiders pitcher Billy Mauer as an assistant.
Although Cicalello may not remember this (or even having me as a teammate), he and I were double-play partners at one point. He played shortstop when he wasn't pitching and I played second base when I wasn't hitting pop ups to right field. I don't really have a point to this little bit of nostalgia, but it does seem weird to see a guy like Cicalello becoming a high-school coach.
I always think of high-school coaches as the gym teacher-types who wore those weird spandex biking shorts, aviator glasses, and a whistle around their neck. Not slick-talking Italian kids who once knocked me out cold with a feed from shortstop when we were practicing double plays and I wasn't paying attention. I guess I'm getting old.
Give up? I'll give you a hint ... he's the brother of the new assistant coach at St. Thomas Academy.
I told them I didn't want to do any underwear shots.
Lohse is 27 years old, made $2.4 million in 2005 while going 9-13 with a 4.18 ERA in 178.2 innings, and is eligible for arbitration. Padilla is 28 years old, made $3.2 million in 2005 while going 9-12 with a 4.71 ERA in 147 innings, and is eligible for arbitration. And here's how their career numbers match up:
IP ERA W L K/BB
Lohse 844.2 4.72 49 52 1.95
Padilla 779.0 3.95 51 51 1.96
Today at The Hardball Times:
- Franchises at Birth: The Royals and the Pilots/Brewers (Part One) (by Steve Treder)
- Patience and Position (by Dan Fox)
Pick of the Day (153-128, +$2,405):
Miami -4 (-110) over Chicago