Don’t be this Dad: Spring Training Edition
We’re pretty excited about the start of Spring Training over here at Dad’s Timeout (and when I say we I mean me). Anywho, this week’s edition of Don’t be this Dad has a baseball flair to it. It seems that new Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano broke his pitching arm attempting to startle his kids on Christmas day. According to this story from HardballTalk.com Liriano broke his arm when he slammed it against a door. Nothing says “Merry Christmas” like daddy trying to put his forearm through the pantry door.
While we don’t know if Liriano’s door slam startled his kids we do know that it startled his agent. The veteran lefty lost out on a two year guaranteed contract from the Pirates worth $12.75 million after breaking his arm. Liriano instead had to settle for an incentive based deal with Pittsburgh worth just $1 million guaranteed. The Liriano’s 2013 Christmas budget has likely taken a hit.
“No pony for you Francisco Jr., Santa broke daddy’s arm.”
The next time Liriano wants to freak his kids out maybe he’ll just use an air horn or set a ferret loose in the house.Pin It Tweet
Matt Wieters Emerges as Most Important Orioles
I’m not much of a message board guy, more of an occasional lurker than an active participant. I came across the question “Who’s the most important Oriole?” earlier this week on a popular Baltimore sports site. Jason Hammel may front the rotation, Adam Jones is the face of the team, and Dylan Bundy craps rainbows, but Matt Wieters has emerged as the most important Oriole.Pin It Tweet
Put a Stake Through the Yankees Heart
2013 could be the year when New York falls apart, but I’ll believe it when I see it.
ESPN’s Buster Olney wrote The Last Night of the Yankees Dynasty back in 2004. The book focused on New York’s dominant run from 1996-2000 when the franchise captured four World Series titles in five seasons. Olney’s title was a bit premature. Sure, the Yankees didn’t win another title until the 2009 season, but the team has made the playoffs in 17 of the last 18 seasons. That dynastic run may finally come to an end this season.
Since the start of Spring Training New York has lost CF Curtis Granderson and 1B Mark Teixeira to injury; both stars could be out until early June. Alex Rodriguez might miss the entire season as he recovers from another injury to his troublesome hip. Derek Jeter is coming back from a broken ankle suffered in last year’s playoffs, a tough task for anyone much less a 39-year-old playing shortstop. Age has even caught up to New York’s GM Brian Cashman, who suffered a broken leg jumping out of an airplane for charity earlier this week.Pin It Tweet