Game 71: Toronto at Washington pregame

 

DADshoulders.gifHappy Father’s Day to all the dad’s out there today. For me, it’s a happy Father-to-be Day, seeing as the Wife and I are expecting our first at the end of August. Kind of strange thinking that I’ve got a son of my own on the way now.

That’s me and my dad pictured on the right. We were at a parade and this shot actually wound up in the newspaper. I grew up with a dad who was a bit older than my friends’ fathers — he was 41 when I was born — but he always did his best to keep up with me as I got older.

I remember going out to the park behind our house and playing catch when I was still playing ball, and it got to the point where the ol’ man couldn’t get the ball to me on a fly when I’d be doing long toss. But, to his credit, he went out there and one-hopped throws to me as long as I needed to be out there.

I always thank my dad for giving me great advice when it came time to head off to college. It was either head to a Christian College in Illinois where I could still play ball, or head to the much larger Michigan State University. He told me to do what felt right to me, not to do what I thought other people wanted me to do.

I chose MSU and that pretty much directly led to me being able to now sit a Major League pressbox for a living. So, once again, thanks Dad. Father knows best…

Happy Father’s Day.

OK, ENOUGH SENTIMENTAL FLUFF:

The Jays have reordered their rotation for after Monday’s off-day. Brian Tallet, who threw just 76 pitches in five innings on Friday night, will pitch on short rest on Tuesday at home against the Reds. He’ll be followed by Scott Richmond, who worked one-plus innings in relief last night, on Wednesday and Brett Cecil on Thursday.

For now, young Brad Mills will be moved into the bullpen. Toronto doesn’t need a fifth starter until next Saturay (6/27) and ace Roy Halladay (strained right groin) is eligible to come off the disabled list on 6/28. With another off-day on Thursday, July 2, Halladay — if he returns when eligible — would be in line to start the opener of a series in New York on July 3. Halladay is scheduled to throw off a mound on Tuesday.

Also, chatted with Russ Adams today, check out bluejays.com later for that story. And, after having the day off due to a sore hamstring on Saturday, catcher Rod Barajas is back in the lineup today for the Blue Jays.

Today’s lineups:

Thumbnail image for BlueJays.jpgTORONTO BLUE JAYS (37-33)
Third place AL East, 5.0 GB

1. Marco Scutaro, SS
2. Aaron Hill, 2B
3. Vernon Wells, CF
4. Scott Rolen, 3B
5. Adam Lind, LF
6. Alex Rios, RF
7. Lyle Overbay, 1B
8. Rod Barajas, C
9. Ricky Romero, P

Starter: LHP Romero (3-3, 3.73)

nationals.jpgWASHINGTON NATIONALS (20-46)
Fifth place NL East, 16.0 GB

1. Christian Guzman, SS
2. Nick Johnson, 1B
3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B
4. Adam Dunn, LF
5. Austin Kearns, RF
6. Alberto Gonzalez, 2B
7. Willie Harris, CF
8. Josh Bard, C
9. Shairon Martis, P

Starter: RHP Martis (5-1, 4.76)

Don’t forget, you can follow me on Twitter: @MLBastian

~JB

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1 Comment

Nice to see Russ get right down to work Sunday. I always felt they put too much pressure on him as a young player, and he lost confidence in himself as a result. Here’s hoping he does well this time around.

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