Happy Leap Day, AN!
As a kid I thought a February 29th birthday was the ultimate short-term pain, long-term gain.
Sure, you'd only get a birthday cake and presents every four years. But one day you would be the most feared "6-year-old" in the history of T-Ball. And at age "10" - with back hair and a grey goatee, in the twilight of your career - you could put the ole' Little League team on your back one last time, terrifying prepubescent hitters on the mound and carrying the squad all the way to Williamsport.
What can we learn from this story?
- I was wierd, baseball-obsessed, and overly analytical as a little kid, too.
- You should tell your children early on that Leap babies age just like normal people do, so that your kids don't harbor the same irrational fantasies I did.
- Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez, who is secretly 152 years old, somehow found a way to do this, and I hate him for it.
After a 7-1 loss in yesterday's opener, The A's conclude the month of February and their two-game series with the Brewers this afternoon at 12:05. Dallas Braden gets the start for the A's, while righthander Dave Bush and lefty Manny Parra (one of the Brewers' best prospects) are each scheduled to throw two innings for the Brew Crew. Eric Gagne is scheduled to appear as well.
Looking ahead to the rest of the weekend: Saturday vs. Giants @ 12:05 p.m., Sunday vs. Rockies at 12:05 p.m.
Cameron, M, CF
Sweeney, M, DH
Gonzalez, C, CF