An extremely inadequate summary of the Feed
Hi, Derek, from lovely Sky Harbor International here in Phoenix.
I don’t have anything to say about the feed, because I missed it. Jonah and I had a flat off 51 on our way to the stadium and while I was trying to figure out the byzantine workings of a Dodge Caravan’s spare tire system (which involves a winch), Bavasi was intervening with stadium people to get everyone their tickets.
I want to point out that Bavasi, no matter what we think of the job he’s done, is the kind of guy who not only carved out a chunk of his time to talk to a bunch of fans, but realized something was up, figured out what went wrong, and solved it, making that bunch of fans happy. He’s a good dude. I wish I agreed with him on baseball stuff, I really do, because there are many, many people in baseball’s front offices who are legitimately jerks, and Bavasi’s one of the nicest guys.
So! I understand that, as you’d expect, once he got everyone in, he was fun and engaging in the short time he had left, and Kevin Towers cut short a meeting with ownership to come by, and was quite candid and enlightening in talking about the Padres.
Sorry I don’t have a better write-up, but you have to put together this tool, see, lower the spare tire using an internal winch, jack the van up, pull the spare assembly down, unhitch it (which is no mean feat), swap it for the tire, then winch the assembly back up…. took for-freaking-ever. Ugh.