One day, you're king of the world. The next day, you're the goat. And I'm not referring to your stock portfolio choices. One bad performance this early in the season can wreak havoc in a category. And one great day can lift your team to the glory spot, even if it's just for a single moment. That's the way of April. So remember that when your team appears on the verge of an implosion -- that implosion being that yanking, tearing feeling you're getting in that head of yours to trade away your best player to get three mediocre ones in return. Don't do it. Hold steady. That's the way of April. It's a mantra worth repeating. That's the way of April.
How long? This pointed question has been posed in Kansas' song, "Point of No Return" (whoa, age hint) and repeated numerous times in the Coldplay song, "Speed of Sound" (there, now I'm hip). And for managers like
On the mound,
If you're going to get caught using steroids, no doubt it's better to be a minor leaguer. Two hits on Opening Day, one of which went yard, a second dinger during the week, a .333 average and three RBI have eased any talk of the past for rookie center fielder
While we're in Atlanta....
Dear Atlanta Braves Bullpen:
Um, what happened here? Was it first week jitters? They say the cold makes it harder for pitchers to grab the ball -- were we in Antarctica?
Not to be outdone,
I hear the number of visits to gastroenterologists in Atlanta has increased this week because of all the ulcers you guys have caused. And not just because you lost two games -- it's the way you lost those games. Atlanta's foursome posted a control ratio (K/BB) of zero. Gonzo the closer has enjoyed three innings of giving up five hits and two earned runs.
Let's just say the question mark for your team was thrust into the spotlight. While the aforementioned Tommy Hanson's career 10.4 K/9 is biding its time in Triple-A, perhaps it's not so far-fetched you all could use him in the bullpen.
Maybe then that Relief Moment sponsored by Rolaids at baseball games will actually spell S-A-V-E.
It's not such a shock when you watch
Even more appreciated is the value you've gotten from
Worries about whether or not to reach for