They made a record and it went in the charts

One of my favorite annual rites of spring is raiding PR guru Bart Swain’s CD collection. And with spring winding down and my ears still ringing, I thought I’d bring you another scintillating installment of The Three-Word Music Review:

Blitzen Trapper: “Furr” — I support PETA.

“Heading West” (Starbucks compilation) — Good driving tunes.

Mark Knopfler: “Shangri-La” — I’m rah-rah (Does that count as three words, or two? I don’t even know.).

Randy Newman: “Harps and Angels” — Yawns and boredom.

Ryan Adams and the Cardinals: “Cardinology” — Has its moments.

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss: “Raising Sand” — Worthy of Grammy.


  • A telling postgame from Eric Wedge today. After a 14-14 tie that clearly was a “hitters’ day,” in the skipper’s words, Wedge showed no concern over Cliff Lee (seven runs on nine hits, including three homers, over five innings). “I thought the ball came out of Cliff’s hand pretty good,” Wedge said. “He had a real good breaking ball. His changeup was a little firm at times, but he had good fastball command.”
  • So Wedge was asked if it was the same deal with Masa Kobayashi (five runs on five hits, including a homer, in one inning). “No, Masa was a little flat,” Wedge quickly countered. “He was up and flat and threw a few too many fastballs.”
  • Wedge said Kobayashi pitched better after Carl Willis visited him on the mound and told him to work in his split-fingered fastball and slider a little more. It appears Kobayashi’s been a little stubborn with a fastball that clearly isn’t working for him.
  • Ken Griffey Jr., who could be 76 and probably still have the sweetest swing in baseball, torched Kobayashi for a two-run homer in the seventh. I was stunned to see that was only the second homer allowed by Kobayashi this spring. It feels like more than that, probably because he’s given up 20 hits in 11 innings. 
  • I hate to be overly negative, but this would be a good time to start up a “Kobayashi optioned/released” office pool. If you do, sign me up for April 27 (and that’s being really generous).
  • I’ll reiterate that it was a hitters’ day, but this was nonetheless Travis Hafner’s strongest showing of the spring. He went 3-for-6 with a homer and two RBIs. Unlike his blast the other day – when the Padres’ Kevin Correia hung him a breaking ball that any Major League hitter worth his pine tar would have hit out — this one was impressive. Pronk scooped out a slider and pulled it out to right.
  • Franklin Gutierrez had two strong days against his former team in this home-and-home series. Today he went 3-for-5 with a double, triple and three runs scored out of the leadoff spot. He has a nice opportunity in Seattle.
  • Wedge on Ed Mujica, dealt to the Padres: “I feel like he’s had a strong progression here. Just for us, it’s more of a timing thing and what we needed out of that final [bullpen] spot.”
    The headline says, “Padres enhance bullpen with Mujica.” If that doesn’t tell you all you need to know about the Padres and their bullpen, nothing will. 
  • Kerry Wood talked about the Arizona elements and their affect on pitchers. He said he always leaves here feeling like his slider is much worse than it actually is. Oh, and Wood worked another perfect inning today. His spring ERA is a sparkling 0.00 in six innings, and his arm action and raw stuff are nothing short of impressive.
  • For what it’s worth, Wood has grown out a full goatee. He said he won’t shave it until he gives up some runs.
  • Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s “Working on a Dream” tour kicks off tonight in San Jose. Be excited, and celebrate accordingly.



Edward Mujica can improve a bullpen as much as I can hit like Grady Sizemore. Good bye, sir, and good luck. As for Lee, well, it seems his springs are about as significant as, well…Edward Mujica.

I think April 27 may be too kind for Kobayashi. I really think the bullpen is going to be very highly relied upon, especially early in the season. I don’t think they’ll be able to afford to wait until the 27th to send Masa packing.

I second that allstarkid. haha
Happy to hear Hafner had a good day. Is it too early to start getting excited?

I hope Lee really is pitching well and his numbers are artificially inflated by the AZ air and his wanting to work on specific things. Oh, and I think you were very gracious with your three words on Ryan Adams, and I’m a huge fan. If I had to give it three words it would be “Instead buy Heartbreaker”.

Totally unrelated: I know “times are tough”, but on my way into work this morning I noticed that the large player banners were installed around the top concourse of Progressive Field – its been the same banners for the last three seasons. Maybe instead of having another “beach weekend” and trucking in sand, the powers-that-be could spring for some new stadium banners. (I do like the street-level banners – but where is the Ryan Garko one? Fausto?)

I’m longing to read “Kobayashi out, Chulk in” before the end of April, as well as “Dellucci decides to retire and forfeit his 2009 salary so the Tribe can bring in Pedro” …yea, right.

Ken Griffey Jr. is a left-handed hitting god among men. And a class act.

Pronk’s homer came on an 0-2 count off a slider? The big guy’s coming around!

Amen to Lissi re: Ryan Adam’s “Heartbreaker”

Here’s to hoping Kerry never has to shave that hideous goatee!

Hey guys, we all love AC’s blogs, do we not? I draw inspiration from this guy. I guess he deserves a medal, or a cookie….anyway, check mine out.

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