Lowe lurid, Ichiro intellectual, Weaver whacked, Burke backup?
A dastardly tale of deception over in the Everett Herald. Apparently being injured doesn’t save you from the wrath of the team’s pranksters.
Ichiro has a TV show, in case you weren’t aware. This piece is more noteworthy for some typically philosophical Ichiro quotes, however.
If your mantra is that everything you do should be for the benefit of the team, you become incapable of valuing yourself. You become a less-than-ideal player. You become a player that fans don’t pay to come and see. In the end, that kind of player doesn’t benefit the team.
Times: Jeff Weaver doesn’t like getting up early. Poor baby.
Also, LHP Eric O’Flaherty is pitching well. Given Arthur Rhodes’ stiff elbow and George Sherrill’s control/mechanics problem… well, you never know. Plus, red-hot Armando Benitez update!
John Hickey notes that 35-yo Jamie Burke might break camp as Johjima’s backup. Except he calls him “Larry.” Considering Rene Rivera is terrible, I don’t see how that could be a bad thing. Hargrove says Burke and Rivera are even. Burke’s career numbers, if you’re interested. In any event, Jamie-Larry is starting for the M’s today behind the dish.
Roster moves: RHP Cha-Seung Baek and LHP Ryan Feierabend were optioned to Tacoma. RHP Renee Cortez was sent to minor league camp.