By Mike Steffanos
I read Shari's post at Take the "7" Train concerning WFAN's Chris Russo implying on his radio show that Duaner Sanchez brought his misfortune upon himself by deciding to be out at 2 in the morning. I could identify with what Shari was talking about when she shared her own experiences living at odd hours. When I was in my twenties, I worked from 3:30 - midnight for years, essentially the hours that ballplayers work at the same age as Sanchez. You think nothing of going out and doing something at 2 AM. It's just not that big of a deal -- it's like someone who works a day job going out at 8 PM.
If Sanchez was drunk and driving a car, any criticism would be fair. He was in a freaking cab. Chris Russo is a barefaced wh*re who is willing to exploit anything to keep people tuning in so he can keep that expensive house in Fairfield County. Whether it's the racism that was directed towards Omar Minaya a few months ago or Sanchez' pain and misfortune, there is literally no limit to how low Russo and his partner are willing to sink. If Sanchez wasn't so badly hurt, this would just be silly. In this case, it's shameless. Absolutely no one should be surprised.
Can't Stop The Bleeding also weighs in on this one.
Mets.com: Pelfrey Down, Ring Up
A press release on Mets.com informs us that Mike Pelfrey has been sent down to AAA-Norfolk and lefty reliever Royce Ring has been promoted to take his place. If anyone is wondering why Heath Bell wasn't promoted, he hasn't been down for the required 10 days yet. Ring is intriguing, as he finally seems to be sorting things out. He can be a valuable lefty if he can consistently throw strikes.
Newsday Mets Blog: Pelfrey
Bob Herzog offers some insight from Willie Randolph and Pelfrey himself on the rookie's experiences with the big-league club:
"This was a real positive thing for Pelfrey. A win-win situation for the Mets and for him," manager Willie Randolph said. "He pitched well and gained experience. We got a glimpse of our future and he got a taste of the big leagues."
It tasted so good that Pelfrey, despite smiling and joking with reporters as he packed up for his move, admitted, "Of course I'm disappointed. But I got a chance to work with [pitching coach Rick] Peterson and he changed some things mechanically. I made some bad pitches but I learned from them. It won't be the last bad one I make. ... I'll be better prepared next time."
I like this kid, and that's the kind of attitude that's going to make him a fine major-league pitcher.