No disrespect, and lots of respect
DUNEDIN, Fla. – With no disrespect to Brett Favre, the coverage down here on ESPN is a little ridiculous. I understand the man was a legend, and I loved watching him play, but the non-stop coverage has been a little over the top.
Sal Fasano, die-hard Bears fan, didn’t like how all the Favre coverage and NFL free agency coverage pushed baseball to the back end of Sportscenter’s lineup.
"That’s why I don’t watch Sportscenter," Fasano said. "Cartoon Network — that’s where it’s at."
When we weren’t in the clubhouse being smothered with non-stop Favre coverage on the TV, we did talk to some Blue Jays about baseball-related topics. Roy Halladay, who looked like his usual ho-hum dominating self, had some great things to say about new shortstop David Eckstein and third baseman Scott Rolen:
"I’ve heard about what great guys they are and that’s the part that’s still stands out the most to me. So far, they’re better than what I’ve heard, as far as the way they go about their work and do things. You know they’re going to be good players on the field, but to hear what quality teammates they are and have that exceed what youve heard is always a bonus.
"Just the way they work. They come in, they do their job and they’re quiet about it. Eckstein , especially. Just talking pickoffs, he listens and goes with what we do and if he’s got some ideas, afterwards he’ll come up and mention it. But he’s very cautious about overstepping his boundaries and obviously he doesn’t have to be that way.
"But that’s very respectful of the coaches and the guys that have been here and the way we’ve done things here, to come in and kind of keep your motuh shut and then throw your ideas out there when it’s appropriate. To have veteran guys come in and act like that, it’s impressive."
Other notes from today:
- B.J. Ryan threw in a simulated game and is slated to pitch in a Grapefruit League game on Saturday, roughly a week ahead of schedule
- Matt Stairs sprained his ankle earlier this week, but manager John Gibbons hopes to get him back in the lineup on Friday
- Scott Rolen has hit in the No. 2 hole for the past two games, but Gibbons said he won’t hit second during the season
- RHP Jason Frasor threw in a sim game and didn’t throw up, a good step for the reliever, who lost five pounds with a stomach bug this week
OK, I’m away from the team for a few days. Mrs. Bastian is in town for the week and I’m taking some time off to spend time with The Wife. Speaking of the Misses, she’s downstairs waiting for me so we can go get some dinner. With that…