Day 3 Short Hops
In honor of today being President’s Day, here are a few president-baseball quote to get you in the holiday spirit before we get down to Day 3 at Pirate City.
“I wanted to be a real Major League player, a professional like Honus Wagner.” — Dwight D. Eisenhower
“I wouldn’t even complain if a stray ball came through the Oval Office window now and then.” — Ronald Reagan
“May the sun never set on American baseball. ” — Harry S. Truman
And with that, let’s get right into today’s short hops:
- 18 pitchers threw bullpen sessions on Monday, marking the second side session each has thrown since Spring Training officially opened. Those pitchers were: Ross Ohlendorf, Ian Snell, Jimmy Barthmaier, Brian Slocum, Matt Capps, Sean Burnett, Tyler Yates, Virgil Vasquez, Donnie Veal, Jesse Chavez, Chris Bootcheck, Craig Hansen, Juan Mateo, Evan Meek, Jeff Sues, Ronald Uviedo, Daniel Haigwood and Romulo Sanchez.
- Position players were required to report to Bradenton by midnight on Monday, and most of the absentees showed up by the end of the pitcher/catcher workouts. Among those checked in by lunch time: Freddy Sanchez, Andy Phillips, Anderson Machado, Luis Cruz and Shelby Ford. UPDATE: Jack Wilson and Jose Tabata checked in soon after. The only position player still yet to arrive at Pirate City as of 3 p.m. is Pedro Lopez.
- Batting practice took much longer because of the larger number of participants — included in those participants was Pedro Alvarez, who had Nyjer Morgan and Craig Monroe marveling at some of the blasts he sent into the parking lot.
- Hitters also spent time doing infield drills, led by new infield coach Perry Hill
- Simultaneously, the catchers found a way to make pitching coach Joe Kerrigan’s hitter dummies useful by setting them up next to the plate while practicing throwing runners out.
- Camp had one extra non-roster invitee taking part in workouts on Monday, that being seven-year-old Drake LaRoche, Adam LaRoche’s son. Wearing his No. 25 LaRoche shirt, Drake accompanied the hitters as they ran after BP and during stretches. He also made himself at home in the clubhouse.
- Third baseman Neil Walker arrived at Pirate City prepared to be an uncle by the end of the day. Neil’s sister, Carrie, who is married to former Pirate Don Kelly, was scheduled to give birth on Monday.
- While members of the Korean World Baseball Classic team have already been staying and practicing at Pirate City for a while now, they will be joined by members of the Netherlands national team on Tuesday. Many of the Dutch players are scheduled to arrive tomorrow.
That’s all the news and notes for now. I’m also still waiting for more submissions on any creative titles to replace the “short hops” headline. Bradenton bits and Jen’s Views (thanks, Pat) have already been suggested. Anyone else care to jump in?