December 6, 2005

Sean Casey, the Pirate?

As soon as I heard that the Pirates were interested in Sean Casey, I thought it seemed like a likely deal. Casey would have the chance to be nearly as loved near his home as he is here, plus Pittsburgh has some pitching to offer. Win-win.

But it took until Marc said it was true for the possibility to really hit me. I didn't expect it to feel so weird. I…I…I think I'll change the subject now. There will be plenty of time to second-guess the wisdom of Dave Williams later.

On the Post Away! thread over at On the DL, someone suggested Dan O'Brien as the possible identity of the mystery man described in this posted comment:

This NL Central general manager once ate 16 Boston creme doughnuts in one sitting. He was supposed to be on a diet, but he was sneaking out of the house late at night for his sugary fix. At first, his wife thought he might be cheating…that is until she found chocolate on the sleeve of his shirt. Either way, he was caught red handed.

I don't know, but I'm pretty sure that it is a physical impossibility for Dan O'Brien to get sugared up on Boston Cream. How would he ever keep his slender figure and perfect complexion?

It looks like the Cardinals have lost their bid for A.J. Burnett, refusing to guarantee a fifth year in their offer. Instead, he'll sign on with the Blue Jays for five years and $55 million, just shortly after the team signed B.J. Ryan to a five-year, $47-million contract.

In related news, the Blue Jays will be setting fire to piles of money outside their stadium later this week. Honestly, what has gotten into teams and their free-agent bids this season? Give people a little bit of ESPN money and all hell breaks loose.

Speaking of the Blue Jays, twice in the last couple weeks, someone has gotten to my site via a search for “Adam Dunn Blue Jays.” Finally! My inside source! When Dunn goes to the Blue Jays, just tell everyone you heard it here first.

And speaking of the Cardinals, the Reds not-so-recently signed one of their minor-league pitchers in Jimmy Journell, and rumors swirl about their interest in Wily Mo Peña and Austin Kearns. I'd love to hear from my Cardinal contingent about what we should expect from this Journell character, as well as what you'd like to see, outfield-wise. I'm not interested in no freakin' Marquis!

7 comments to “Sean Casey, the Pirate?”

  1. Well, you can’t have Marquis now anyway. We need him. Sadly.

    Ah, Jimmy Journell. Lovely lad. He struck out 49 in 42.1 innings, but his WHIP was 1.82 in Memphis last year. [url=]AAA[/url], [url=]Majors[/url].

    He was supposed to be a closer, but had problems with throwing strikes. I guess you could say he never really got a good shot with the big club, but the 2003 pen was atrocious and we needed some stability when he was up this year, which he didn’t really provide. If he can put it together, he could be a good situational righty. I hope he gets a shot to make the Reds’ staff, he’s paid his dues. Unfortunately, it looks like he may not be very good.

    And he’s a cutie.

    [url=]The Casey deal looks to be done.[/url] I’m sorry.

  2. redbirdbrain says:

    What difference does it make whether or not Journell’s any good, since even decent pitchers start to suck once they join the Reds?

    (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.)

    Anyway, I believe the word we all used to describe Journell was "wild", so I wouldn’t get too excited. I think there was one game when Cardnilly said something along the lines of Journell’s-pitching-this-game-is-toast-I’m-turning-off-the-tv. Oh, wait. I just did a search and that was [url=]apparently[/url] the comeback game against the Reds back in May. And Journell then pitched OK after all.

    So maybe Jimmy just likes it in Cincinnati?

  3. al says:

    i assume Dunn is f-ing pumped up now that we have our ticket to the playoffs punched. Man winning feels good.

    Dave Williams: "Get on my back and let’s ride Reds!"

  4. Red Hot Mama says:

    Hi, Ms. Scratcher,
    Well, if nothing else, Journell ought to enjoy his trip to Reds’ spring training. There are already a handful of real cute, not-very-good pitchers going to be there; he ought to fit right in.

    RE Casey, thanks for the sympathy. I’m trying to see the bright side. I’m sure there’s one around here somewhere…

  5. Red Hot Mama says:

    Hi, Ms. Birdbrain,
    You have an excellent point: the Reds have turned better pitchers than Journell bad. It sort of like the way the Cards turn outfielders old.

    Oh, wow. I didn’t remember Journell being involved in [i]that[/i] game. If we pretend it wasn’t all Weathers’ and Graves’ fault, we can think there might be some home for Journell!

  6. Red Hot Mama says:

    Hi, al,
    I’m so pleased that you’re feeling optimistic about this trade. And here I thought you wouldn’t approve.

  7. At least you team has done [i]something[/i].