ZONER’S MONDAY MORSELS
The coughy, achy, flu-ey version of the morsels…
Tyrus Thomas tells teammates “See ya Thursday”–on a Tuesday.
Aaron Gray squawks at the coach after being taken out of a game. “That’s what I get for working hard?”
Chris Duhon misses a shootaround due to a missed wake-up call. I suppose he doesn’t have a cell phone with an alarm on it.
Who are these guys? Have they seen their career numbers? Does Gray know he’s an unheralded rookie? It’s amazing what has happened to the Bulls in such a short period of time. One thing is looking more certain by the game: Jim Boylan will not be back next year. And while making the playoffs is never a bad thing, this club surely doesn’t deserve it.
Dusty has Corey back in Cincy, and he still has his back. They both spun some familiar yarns recently. “Corey is still young,” said Baker. “To me he hasn’t scratched the surface of his abilities and he is one of the fastest runners in baseball. He plays a great center field.” And just give the war in Iraq a little more time, right? Says Corey: “I’m one of those players who can do most of everything—play good defense, steal some bases, hit line drives in the gaps. I can do all phases and I have done things well, like the baserunning and the throwing and the defense. But I’m always looking to improve, and I’m never satisfied.” Patterson will be 29 before the season finishes. He sports career averages of .258/.298/.414. Help out if you can think of a bigger bust over the last 20 years.
On the other hand, we have Felix Pie. And while it may be a momentary grasp of reason, this gives us hope: “Piniella said before Sunday’s game he wanted to see Pie raise his on-base percentage, cut his strikeouts and “hit the ball to left field occasionally.” Pie responded with a double to left in his first at-bat.
“I’m working on taking more pitches,” Pie said. “It’s already helped me a lot. I feel better out there.” Music to our ears.