Some assorted reaction and befuddlement to Edwin Jackson’s no-hitter against the Rays on Friday night.
- Jon Paul Morosi: “I’ll admit that the final tally — 149 pitches, eight walks — looks a
little absurd. But 2010 is the “Year of the 0.” We witnessed three perfect games
(unofficially) in less than one month. A no-hitter? Routine.”
- A.J. Hinch: “You do want to make smart decisions, but you do have a chance at
history and you don’t want to take it away from him. And that’s for everybody involved, from the team, to the fans, to
anybody that was included in this game. It was the most bizarre
no-hitters you’ll ever be around.”
- Joe Maddon: “He throws 68 pitches after just three innings and settles in and
pitches like he did? You’ve got to give him a lot of
credit. He’s a horse and a great athlete. He’s a great kid and he
deserved to do that tonight. Hats off to him; he’s a wonderful man.”
- Edwin Jackson: “After the fifth, I looked up there, and I was like,
‘Wow, after all
this, there’s still no hits?”
- Mel Stottlemeyer: “I was kind of kidding that he was an error and eight walks away from
having a perfect game.”
- Eric Stangel: “Edwin Jackson throws no-no. There are now more
pitchers who have thrown a no hitter this season than those who haven’t.”
- Joe Lemire: “Thus, the smart move for the Diamondbacks, who are already 14.5 games
out of first place and would need a miracle to contend for the playoffs
this season, would be to give Jackson a few extra days before his next
outing or skip that next start altogether.”
- Edwin Jackson: “If he wants to skip me (in the rotation), that’s fine. If he just wants to give
me a day off, that’s fine, too.”
- Rob Neyer: “For baseball, it means another chance to trumpet the effectiveness of
its drug policy. Hitting isn’t down nearly as much this season as you
might think (or as you’ve been told) … but it’s down some, and last
year it was down from the year before. We’ve seen four no-hitters
already this season and while we might not see another, this does seem
to be a new era, an era in which pitchers will somewhat regularly do
incredible things. Even pitchers like Dallas Braden and Jackson.”
Lots of teams have crazy concession items and lots of them will circulate photos of the more gonzo ones in the coming week leading up to the baseball season. The Braves, however, have been one of the more aggressive players in the gimmick concession item game in recent years, and they just sent around a release talking about some of the stuff they, and their concessionaire, Delaware North, will be serving at their new ballpark, Sun Trust Park, in 2017.
Among them:a blackened catfish po boy, which is a blackened 6-ounce filet of catfish cut up among three tacos, with a cajun remoulade. Some BBQ beef brisket sliders. A double burger. An ice cream bar. They’re also going to have a regionally-inspired thing called “The Taste of Braves Country,” showcasing southern cooking from Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama. Which they’re calling “Braves Country.” Accurate enough, I guess, even if some of us are old enough to remember when they aspired to be a national team. Alas.
The big item, though, is this one:
It’s called the “Tomahawk Chop” sandwich. It’s a fried pork chop with collard green slaw and white BBQ sauce. It serves four and costs $26. I’m guessing it tastes fantastic, but I think the name is pretty cringeworthy for the same reason the cheer which gives it its name is. And, given the dynamics of the Braves move to their new stadium, the choice of BBQ sauce is . . . amusing? I dunno.
Anyway, enjoy, Braves fans.
Ten days ago Nationals ace Max Scherzer said he’d be ready for the start of the regular season. “I’m gonna do it,” Scherzer said.
[Ron Howard from “Arrested Development” voice] — No, he’s not:
Nationals manager Dusty Baker said that Max Scherzer is not on track to be the team’s opening day starter, and will most likely open the season as the third pitcher in the rotation.
He’s still projected to make it to the opening rotation, taking the hill, most likely, on Thursday April 6 against the Marlins. At least if the schedule doesn’t slip any more.
Scherzer, as you probably know, has a stress fracture in the knuckle of his right ring finger, which has messed with his preparation and has caused him to alter his grip a bit. As of now Stephen Strasburg will get the Opening Day nod.