Poor Placido Polanco. Two days before his first All Star appearance he injures his back. Now he thinks he’ll play but Jim Leyland isn’t so sure. And as much as I want for Polanco to have his moment, I don’t want it to ultimately hurt the Tigers.
I guess that’s one reason I find it a little strange that Leyland is batting his guys at the bottom of the order. I know he really doesn’t want to be perceived as playing favorites, but I don’t think anyone would really mind. Especially if it meant that Placido could still make the start and come out a little sooner after his first at-bat rather than potentially having to wait until the 3rd inning.
I did watch the Home Run Derby last night. My son was into it and that’s cool. Magglio Ordonez went out quickly, and it looked like his stance was considerably different than what he’s used this season. Hopefully that’s a good thing that he went quite different, easier to revert back to the old form. It looked to be less spread out and less closed. Of course it was hard to see on the split screen because it was important for ESPN to show us Barry Bonds head (make jokes about its size and such at this point) at that very moment.
I realized it’s less the HR Derby that annoys me than ESPN’s coverage of it. And it’s so drawn out. And Berman/Morgan seemed to barely pay attention to what was happening. Throwing it back to the studio was idiotic, but necessary since Baseball Tonight was banned from being there. And really, this is the time that John Kruk decides to advocate plate discipline and taking pitches?