I asked Charlie Blackmon about how often in the major leagues will fans chirp to players about their fantasy baseball teams.
Being in a fantasy league myself, with money at stake, I often find myself 'talking' to players when I see they're up to bat and I need an offensive boost. I told him I was THIS close to picking him up off the waiver wire last season when his batting average went over .400 after 10 games.
"It happens all the time," said Blackmon, who made his big-league debut with the Rockies on June 7 of last season. "But it's not like I'm going to change my game just because Bobby's team needs a stolen base."
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Dust Devils manager Fred Ocasio and I are about the same age, but we also tend to share some of the same tastes as far as movies and television are concerned.
Friday, I brought him some very good news about one of our favorite TV shows, Breaking Bad.
When I asked him if he was psyched for the final season to start up in June, he looked a bit confused, and then told me he thought the show was all over after last season's killer season finale.
I was happy to report that there's another full season starting on July 15. Now Freddie has something else to keep him entertained during down time.
You're welcome AMC.
It's always a pleasure to see trainer Andy Stover in the house. As far as tenure with the Dust Devils, only Freddie has been here longer. This will be Andy's seventh season in Tri-Cities, and there's not a better rehab man around, as far as I'm concerned.
He's starting to remind me a little of Rocky Balboa's gritty cornerman Mickey. He's got that great dry, sarcastic wit that makes me want to laugh out loud. And he can just knock you to the ground with one look.
Of course, being a trainer, he'll pick you back up again.