I’m feelin’ kinda sad about baseball today. Here’s why:
Okay, it’s not as if I didn’t already know this. I knew he was having hip issues for the majority of the 2008 season. He was a brave guy and played the whole season even when he was hurtin’. But now he’s gotta get all fixed up, and he may or may not be ready for Opening Day 2009. His recovery time could last anywhere from 4 to 6 months–best case scenario, he’s on the field for Opening Day, and worst-case scenario, we don’t see him play ’til June or so. Of course, the most important thing is that he recovers nicely and comes back at 100% strength to kick some butt in 2009, and I’m sure he’ll do that no matter when he shows up back on the field.
In the meantime, I’m more than happy to nurse him back to health, read him stories, fix him dinners, et cetera. All in the name of being a good, caring, kind Phillies fan (and not at all because he’s hot), of course. 😉
That’s Mike Mussina, of course–my favorite Yankee. The best-looking Yankee, in my opinion (although I have to admit that A-Rod’s kinda cute, too). The one and only time I’ve ever been to Yankee Stadium, I’m pleased to say I got to see Mussina pitch (and get the win). It’s great that he’s retiring on a high note, while he’s at the top of his game (just coming off his first 20-win season), but I’m gonna be sad going to Yankees games every once in a while and knowing that he won’t be pitching. Sigh.
Congratulations to Mussina on a long and excellent pitching career. I’m guessing he’s going to head back to his home state of Pennsylvania to be with his family…do you think he’ll start cheering for the Phillies anytime soon? 😉
If you’re coming over here from Deadspin’s Waxing Off, hello and welcome! Baseball season’s over, but that doesn’t mean I’m shuttin’ up anytime soon. There’s plenty to talk about, like…
–Chase Utley won his third consecutive Silver Slugger award. Congrats, Chuttles!
–Lou Piniella won the NL Manager of the Year Award. Consequently, this means that Charlie Manuel did not win this award. Click here to head on over to FanIQ.com to find out exactly what I have to say about that. (Sidenote: FanIQ.com is the most fun and interactive sports website I’ve ever visited. I only started visiting it this week, but I’m already addicted! What are you waiting for? Go check it out!)
–There are still no real resolutions on whether Moyer and Burrell will be back with the Phillies for 2009, although the Hot Stove Blog seems to think that Moyer returning to the City of Brotherly Love next year is a stronger possibility than Pat the Bat returning.
–On a non-Phillies-related note, I’m really curious as to what happens with Mussina and where he ends up going. He’s always been one of my favorite pitchers (and he’s kinda cute for an older guy…not that he’s that much older than me–just 12 years!–but I’m used to drooling over pitchers that are closer to Cole Hamels’ age than Mussina’s).
–Apparently CC Sabathia is the It Guy of the baseball world right now. The Yankees just offered him a 6-year, $140 million deal. The Yanks aren’t the only team interested in Sabathia, though–at least 4 other teams are interested in nabbing him, too. Where do you think he’s gonna end up in 2009?