Thanks to Tommy John and Red Bull, I could crush this ball into a fine powder if I wanted.
In case you were wondering if Cairo was practical.
So Nico beat me to the "OK so what if Duchscherer has the 2nd most dysfunctional spinal column of any Bay Area athlete (after Eric Chavez), we have the best and deepest bullpen in baseball" article, but let us continue from there with the axiom that Great Minds Think Alike and vibe on the latest from Ray Ratto in today’s Chron, in which Joey Devine – back and better than ever – is interviewed and generally praised a lot more than our players usually are in dude’s reportage LOL
So we know that he hasn’t had a career that’s lived up to his heavenly-sounding name up to this point, but we also know that he was essentially slated to close for us last year until he had to send away for one of those nifty mail order elbow ligaments (the website is www.the-lebensraum.com) and the door opened for everyone’s favorite after-dinner digestif to go from anonymous to all-star/meeting the President to Rookie of the Year. The A’s seem to have this thing down, by the way... closer’s arm falls off, totally out-of-nowhere stud assumes mantle and takes home the hardware… remember Octavio Dotel and Huston Street? If only Billy "Magic" Beane could conjure the Mystic Incantation that makes this work at third base, sigh.
I was struck by the focus in what Devine said to Ratto: his matter-of-fact, them’s-the-breaks tone when discussing his setback and how Bailey emphatically laid claim to his job in such a stunning, dominant manner and doesn’t seem likely to relinquish it anytime soon. You’d expect this from any athlete, I know – what’s he gonna say? that fucker Bailey, I am gonna bury his ass next to Jimmy Hoffa back home in
So what of it? It’s as obvious as the scars on Pete Townshend’s pick hand that the bullpen is gonna be as crucial a conference as King Tubby meeting the Rockers uptown, but can Devine deliver or is it all just False Hope In Perenially Injured Players (set to replace the Sacred Pilgrimage to Holy Toledo as the #1 religion of A’s fans)? There isn’t much to go on statistically on this guy and TJ surgery can often seem to reshuffle the deck anyway as far as what went before with a pitcher, so I admit I am casting Runes here a week outta Spring Training & seeing what you all think about this most Important Player of Distinction on whose reconstructed arm so much may rest.