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1.20.2009

If we are in the outfield, who's in the infield?!

Nino Colla | Tuesday, January 20, 2009 | | | | | Best Blogger Tips
I took Martin Luther King day off, because I'm pretty awesome.

Okay, I lied, there was nothing to say, but I'm still pretty awesome.

The real reason I took off Monday.. I'm bathing my joy and celebration of my football team's victory... I know most Cleveland Indian fans are also Cleveland Brown fans, so I'll refrain from any more discussion on that topic in fear for.. Actually, I'm not sure what I'm fearing so I'll get it out of the way.

Woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

Ric Flair style.

Let's talk about Ryan Garko.

This outfielder stuff is getting way more attention than it should be and it's probably because there is nothing else worth discussing.

Everyone is all Carl Pavanoed-out, so they talk about something as un-noteworthy as Ryan Garko shagging fly balls in the outfield.

Honestly, it wouldn't be too horrible, but this is just a preparation thing. Hey he can play outfield in a pinch, great...

But... would it be in a pinch and is it just a preparation thing?
"Anything that allows [Wedge] to mix and match a little more and gives him opportunities to put the best lineup out there is good," Garko said. "It's good to be versatile in this game."
Now, this is Garko talking and he probably realizes that his playing time could take a big hit if he's not producing.

Yesterday, Garko was on All Bets are Off with Andre Knott and he was rather focused. He didn't sound like peppy Ryan Garko ready to tackle you and give you a noogie. He sounded like he wanted to tackle you and cover you for the pin, wrestling mention count 2, so he could take the title belt.

That, I like.

The Press Tour got underway yesterday and Garko's high school teammate Ben Francisco also had an encouraging quote.
"Success in the big leagues is all about being able to adjust when the other team adjusts to you," Francisco said. "I spent a lot of time in the middle of the order last year, and it was a good experience. I learned you can't be too aggressive. You've got to be patient up there. I'm excited to put that to use this year."
See, If Benny gets this whole, ballyplayer, adjustment thing down. He's going to be a legit starter in the Major Leagues. His swing is so compact and short, and powerful by the by, that he won't go in many slumps.

If he can get the adjustment thing down, his slumps won't be long and they won't be often. There's a reason he hit for high averages in the minor leagues. He can flat out hit.

Now.. Let's handle some World Baseball Classic stuff.

There are 14 players on the provisional rosters for the WBC.. Now that doesn't mean all of them are playing.

Here is the list, via CastroTurf.

Venezuela
Rafael Betancourt

Dominican Republic
Fausto Carmona
Jhonny Peralta
Rafael Perez

United States
Grady Sizemore
Mark DeRosa

Panama
Cirilo Cumberbatch^
Damaso Espin^*
Paolo Espino^

Korea
Shin-Soo Choo

Japan
Masahide Kobayashi

Chinese Taipei
Sung-Wei Tseng^

Canada
Nick Weglarz^

^ = Not on 40 Man
* = Spring Training Invite

Look..

This is provisional, it isn't final.

The one thing I'm glad to see.. No Victor Martinez, that's a bit of a relief.

I'm not sure I like the idea of Fausto Carmona doing the game, but we'll talk more if he actually makes the roster. I say for sure that Weglarz, Choo, DeRosa, Grady, and probably Betancourt are all definite plays and guys who will make the rosters. DR is loaded and I'm thinking of Jhonny makes the team he'll play. Same with Perez and Fausto.

There are just eight players on the provisional roster that are on the 40 man. I'm hoping that number won't the same come the actual number. But we'll see.

Alright and I think that's it.

Pretty soon, it's time to start getting into previewing stuff.. The next day that doesn't have any news, you will find a special LOLTribe. Oh yeah, it's coming...

I'm going to start ignoring the Pitchers and Catchers ticker at the bottom.. It was moving so fast, now it's moving so slow.

Also... The Steelers won.

Okay, I'm done.

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