Freedom, liberty, decency and peace: 1, Osama Bin Laden: 0: I never thought any death could make me happy, but I guess I was wrong. Here’s hoping that this development helps us turn the page on ten long, dark years and move forward into a better future.
I spent the weekend in New York and got in late last night. As soon as I did, the Osama Bin Laden news broke. Between travelling, missing all of yesterday’s games and than watching the news reports, transfixed, there was little time — and frankly, little desire — to recap yesterday’s games. Indeed, even baseball fans understood as the news spread that this was bigger than what was going on down on the field. Check out the reaction in Philly during last night’s Mets-Phillies game, from both the fans and the players and managers. Sometimes I really love my fellow Americans.
Below are the scores. Feel free to make the comments a discussion thread for the weekend’s games. Or feel free to talk about other things.
Diamondbacks 4, Cubs 3
Padres 7, Dodgers 0
Athletics 7, Rangers 2
Marlins 9, Reds 5
Royals 10, Twins 3
Pirates 8, Rockies 4
Orioles 6, White Sox 4
Angels 6, Rays 5
Astros 5, Brewers 0
Red Sox 3, Mariners 2
Nationals 5, Giants 2
Yankees 5, Blue Jays 2
Braves 6, Cardinals 5
Indians 5, Tigers 4
Mets 2, Phillies 1
Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman has played in exactly one Grapefruit league game this year, and that was way back on March 2. Since then he has been totally absent from the Nats’ big league spring games, playing instead on the back fields in sim games and in minor league contests.
While that’s not an unusual course of action for an injured or rehabbing player, both Zimmerman and the Nationals insist that there is nothing wrong with him. Per this report from MASN’s Mark Zuckerman, they’re saying that Zimmerman “simply prefers to get his work done in the more controlled environment of minor league games, where the rules are lax.” He doesn’t have to dive for balls, he can lead off every inning, etc. Manager Dave Martinez says Zimmerman simply doesn’t like the usual spring training grind and that this is working for him so he’s fine with it too.
Are you buyin’ that? Not sure I’m buyin’ that.
I suppose weirder things have happened. The Minnesota Twins once let Jack Morris go back to his farm in between starts rather than stay with the club. Other accommodations have been made for veterans, especially in spring training. But this is way more in keeping with a team hiding an injury. Though I have no idea why the Nats would choose to hide an injury to Zimmerman. They’ve talked at length about Daniel Murphy‘s knees and Adam Eaton‘s seemingly never-ending rehab. If Zimmerman has some aches and pains, you’d think they’d talk about it.
On the other hand, if this is a legit story and it is simply an accommodation for a veteran who doesn’t like the normal spring training grind, look for Zimmerman to be a trailblazer, because there are a LOT of dudes who hate spring training too and would love to change things up like this.