Age is a funny thing. Well, maybe not when I put my keys in the fridge and attempt to start my car with the milk, but it is a funny thing. My dad turned 70 this week. You'd never know it. He's just as spry, energetic, and funny as he has been my whole life. That same guy who coached my little league teams, taught me how to hit, and was always up for a catch, still plays some tennis, has become a champion lawn bowler (yes, he discovered this sport in Santa Barbara and it's a lot harder than you think it is -- not bocce, mind you -- lawn bowling), and is occasionally taking guitar lessons.
Sports are one of those arenas where age is a hard thing to measure. Sports media leap on guys who are 35 as hitting a waning point in their career. Of course, I'm sure when the media told
That's right, age is an indiscriminant arbiter, but with a 162-game season, this is the point where many guys are hurting, no matter who you are. Heck, even my fingers are wearing down from typing so much.
Normally, when someone like
UPCOMING SERIES: @TOR (8/4-8/7), @DET (8/8-8/10)
In my June 28 column, I posed the question of just how much longer
UPCOMING SERIES: PIT (8/4-8/6), ATL (8/7-8/10)
Yes, when numbers average out at your expense, it kind of sucks. Note my mixed league fantasy team, for example. All my players have cohesively taken a vacation in August. Until Sunday,
Lastly, to make room for
UPCOMING SERIES: @PHI (8/5-8/7), @NYM (8/8-8/10)
The Nationals have slowly been developing their pitching, and on July 1, they called up 22-year-old
UPCOMING SERIES: @COL (8/4-8/7), @MIL (8/8-8/11)
So I was wrong with Randy Johnson. But two weeks ago, I pinpointed
If you sign onto ESPN's Web site, the picture of
UPCOMING SERIES: @LAA (8/4-8/6), TEX (8/8-810)
For the Pirates, it's been a story of pitching.
Possible future starter for the Buccos,
Also, the acquisition of
Those of you holding onto
UPCOMING SERIES: @ARI (8/4-8/6), @PHI (8/8-8/10)
If only the Texas Rangers could make the DL some kind of buried treasure -- they'd have a lot of wealth in the name of one
As if the injury bug isn't bad enough, pitching coach
UPCOMING SERIES: NYY (8/4-8/7), @BAL (8/8-8/10)
Maybe the Rays knew something we didn't. For all of the talk about the Rays needing another bat in their lineup, it turns out they may have to look no further than their own farm system.
On June 30,
And if you need a source for steals,
UPCOMING SERIES: CLE (8/4-8/6), @SEA (8/7-8/10)
This week one Web site's fantasy section posted the headline that the Rockies were looking for an arm. You think after not being able to count on ace
Well, it's certain they've found one in
Meanwhile, because of the pop in his bat, we marked
UPCOMING SERIES: WAS (8/4-8/7), SDG (8/8-8/10)
The Royals didn't pull the trigger on any trades, and with the boos
UPCOMING SERIES: BOS (8/4-8/6), MIN (8/8-8/10)
Two major events for the Twins:
Span was back in the lineup after
The second big event:
After being 4-12 in games where they were just one half game from taking over first place, the Twins finally grabbed a hold of the Central Division lead Sunday.
UPCOMING SERIES: @SEA (8/4-8/6), @KAN (8/8-8/10)
Statistics from the week of July 28-Aug. 3