Ball One: Pitchers and catchers report in 17 days. Hot damn!
Strike One: It was announced that Jon Miller of Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN and voice of the San Francisco Giants would be inducted into Cooperstown today. I hear a lot of people on sports talk radio and these interblags rail on Miller. Those in the Bay area seem to have a different take. Most people I know there seem to like and admire Miller. I count myself in the latter category as well. I think he's an outstanding baseball voice with a wealth of stories. I think it's a well-deserved selection to the Hall.
Strike Two: Good god, Dave Dombrowski, PUT DOWN THE CRACKPIPE! I know things are bad in Detroit, but there is no reason to sign Johnny Damon. You obstensibly got rid of a first-class outfielder to the Yankees for the purposes of trimming payroll. Now you're going to overpay someone who the Yankees didn't want? Save the money. Build from within or sign a kid who can run in the wide open spaces of Comerica Park's centerfield. A 37 year old Damon is not your answer.
Strike Three: Joe Mauer just signed a gizillion dollar, 10 year contract with his hometown Twins. I never thought Mauer would leave Minnesota. Born and raised there, he's a homegrown boy done good. In staying put, he's made himself a legend. I'm happy for the kid. He deserves it.