To the Wolves



 (The scent of a wounded Bob McCrory lingers in the wilderness air)

I cut myself off earlier in my post about Bob McCrory getting thrown to the wolves last night. Its one of those situations that are sink or swim. Looking back at it, it was like the first time I drove. I was 14, nearing 15…the magic age for the beginner permit, Me and my Dad were heading home from somewhere and we were close to home. He pulled over and got out of the car. “You drive the rest of the way.” Naturallly, I was terrified. Nervously, I clutched the steering wheel of that old Ponatic until that wheel bled. It was a slow backroad with little traffic, especially in the evening. With one foot on the gas and the other hovering over the brake, looming there ready to bring the car to a complete halt at any sign of a squirrel. Of course, it was either wreck the car or make it home. I made it home and now I consider myself one of the Carolina’s better drivers.

That’s the best scenario that I could think of personally. But I get what Trembley did. It was one of those things where you trot a kid out there and want him to be aces in a clutch situation. Then after the inning you can slap him on the back in the dugout and everyone’s happy. Trembley’s pines about how the kid has guts. Then McCrory becomes a nice story for a couple days.  That’s not what happened. Then it happened again the next.

We’re rebuilding and part of the rebuilding process is seeing who’s going to be part of the future of the team. With that in mind, it makes sense. I hate seeing a winnable game sacraficed. But if that’s the logic as opposed to ‘Throw him out there and stoke his ego’ stuff. I saw a Western once, I think it was ‘Hondo’ with John Wayne. He’s your typical 60’s movie cowboy. Roaming nomadically, saving towns, being a role model to fatherless sons, restoring people’s faith that good people are still around…the whole deal. There’s the scene where he’s teaching the widow’s son a life lesson. The boy can’t swim and John Wayne was going to teach him. He throws him into a pond and says “Sink or swim, kid!” Not the best instruction, but it ended working and the kid swam like a fish. That’s what I felt happened, expect Bob McCrory sunk like a rock.

Teenage driving lessons, John Wayne movies, and Orioles bullpen, I guess that covers everything.

Oh hey, Lance Cormier got called up in the spot of Randor Bierd. He had a rotten spring, now in Norfolk he’s got a shiny 0.96 ERA with 12 K’s in 9 innings. Why not.

Roster Moves


 Two tickets for Norfolk please. (Photo: Charles Sarjeant)

 Some changes went down today.

Greg Acquino got DFA’ed. If he gets claimed, he’s gone. If no claims him, he can go play at Norfolk.

Brandon Fahey also gets to join Greg at Norfolk.

In their places, Garrett Olson and Bob McCrory come up. Olson makes the start tonight and McCrory will get a little test run since the bullpen needs a fresh arm.

I’m excited to see Olson back up. He’s been lights out in Norfolk (1-1 with a 1.85 ERA) and I’m crossing my fingers that he plays good enough to stick around the rest of season. McCrory’s been good thus far as well, 4 saves and a 1.80 ERA. I worry about his bad habit of walks…but let’s see what he’s got.

As for Acquino and Fahey, this was due. Fahey is a clone of the other two shortstops that are on the team (Torres and Hernandez) and there’s nothing that really merits Fahey being on a major league club. Sure, he’s got spunk and moxie….but that’s more qualifications for cheerleader than a major league shortstop. Acquino was due too. He’s got a 14.21 ERA in six appearances. You could make the argument that he was underused. You’d be wrong, but you could make it. If when I was 16, fresh with my driver’s license, borrowed my dad’s car six times. If four of the those times I wreck it and two of the times I have a problem free drive, I’m not going to be driving my Dad’s car for a long time. Acquino had two runless outings and the other four were awful. That’s not a good rate. At any rate, Olson pitches tonight and let’s hope he’s recovered from the rush job he was dealt with last season.



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