Craig Calcaterra

Blogger at NBC Sport.com's HardballTalk. Recovering litigator. Rake. Scoundrel. Notorious Man-About-Town.
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Comment of the Day: A Mickey Lolich story too good to check

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File this under Totally Unsubstantiated. I could find no support for this via Googling and I tweeted it out and no one has either supported it or debunked it. The story is about Mickey Lolich, who I mentioned in this morning’s recaps. He ended his career in San Diego and commenter gloccamorra posted this about his time at Jack Murphy Stadium:

Mickey Lolich retired after depriving Chargers fans of the cannon that was fired after Dan Fouts & Co. scored. Mickey was in the Padres bullpen in 1979, and was smoking a cigarette, when he walked by the cannon and flipped the butt into the barrel. He took two steps and *BOOM*.

The City was unaware the Chargers were keeping a loaded (with powder) cannon in the Padres bullpen in the off-season and demanded its removal. That was the end of the cannon.

I’m going to try to get Lolich’s phone number and find out if there’s any truth to this and, for now, I’m going to assume it’s phony. But my God, I’ve never wanted anything to be more true in my life.

The 70s were weird, man.

Erick Aybar taken to the hospital because he got a chicken bone stuck in his throat

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Checking in to see how the Braves’ season is going so far and . . .

Erick Aybar was taken to a nearby hospital to have a chicken bone removed from his throat.

He apparently had to be sedated to have the bone removed and has been scratched from the lineup for tonight’s game against the Pirates.

I’m presuming he’s OK or else the team wouldn’t have released the information, so I think it’s safe for all of us to weigh in on whether this is worse than Joel Zumaya getting hurt playing Guitar Hero or John Smoltz burning himself while ironing a shirt he was wearing. Or pick a winner of your own.

We can also weigh in on whether or not this will serve as the perfect bit of symbolism for the 2016 Braves or, rather, if things will get worse. I’m guessing they get worse.

 

Jhonny Peralta to begin a rehab assignment

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Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta will begin a rehab assignment with Low-A Peoria on Friday as he mounts his comeback from thumb surgery.

Peralta took batting practice yesterday so the Cardinals must have liked what they saw. If his assignment goes well he’ll be on track to come back in June, which is on the optimistic side of projections when he first went down. When he does come back Mike Matheny will have an interesting choice: give the veteran shortstop his job back or stick with Aledmys Diaz, who has hit a blistering .376/.403/.648 in Peralta’s absence.