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July 17, 2008 4:25 PM

LaHair up, Hulett down

Posted by Geoff Baker

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NOTE (4:40 P.M.): The Phillies just traded for starting pitcher Joe Blanton of the Oakland A's. See bottom of post.

Mariners manager Jim Riggleman is addressing the players on the field as I type this. Lots going on today. The Mariners finally called up first baseman Bryan LaHair from Class AAA, sending Tug Hulett down in his place. That explains the Craig Wilson acquisition. He's the minor league replacement for Hulett.

"I think I just want to be myself,'' LaHair said. "Kind of do what I want to do, stay focused.''

What does "being himself" equate to on the field?

"Produce, I like to produce,'' he said. "Driving in runs, whatever it may be. Moving the runner over. All the things the Mariners like to do.''

Here's a photo of LaHair, down below, catching a glimpse out of a major league dugout for the first time.

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Yes, Jose Vidro is still here. Riggleman sounds like he's going to keep batting him cleanup against righties, saying no major lineup changes are planned -- other than LaHair, who hits further down in the order to break into the majors. Against lefties, who the M's will see three of this coming series, it's Adrian Beltre hitting fourth and Jose Lopez batting fifth.

Here's something you won't see this series: Erik Bedard.

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He isn't here yet. His flight back from Ontario apparently got delayed by weather. Riggleman isn't sure whether he was able to throw at all. Said he won't try to rush him back. For now, Bedard doesn't figure into the rotation the first time through, meaning he wouldn't come back until at least three games into the Boston series, maybe longer. If he hasn't been throwing, he won't be able to start any time soon. Sounds like it's questionable whether he'll even get back in before the July 31 trade deadline.

We now keep hearing that Joe Blanton of the Oakland A's is about to be dealt to the Philadelphia Phillies. (in fact, here is is, he has been traded there). I think this means Bedard stays in Seattle until at least the off-season. If the Phillies are out, I just don't see enough competition for Bedard on the trade front. Without that competition, epsecially with Bedard on the DL and doubtful to pitch again in the next few days, I just can't see the M's getting anything decent as a return.

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Posted by Seth Cotner

4:32 PM, Jul 17, 2008

Well... now we get to see what all the bloggers have been saying was overdue...

Posted by shawk

4:34 PM, Jul 17, 2008

Well, that Bedard trade worked out well.

Posted by C-Boyd

4:39 PM, Jul 17, 2008

Best of luck to LaHair.

And I'm glad Tug Hulett at least got his first MLB hit. Ya never know, he might not ever be back.

And it looks like Joe Blanton is headed out of Oakland to Philly.

Can we just address the A's as the Sacramento Rivercats??

Posted by cesame

4:40 PM, Jul 17, 2008

Of course Vidro wasn't DFA'd: He's the "protection racket" for Ibanez. How are the M's supposed to score if Vidro isn'tbatting cleanup?

I must be sick in the head, since I'm still a fan of this team. Maybe I should schedule a cat scan for next week, especially since I plan on attending the game tomorrow.

Mariners baseball: We Hate Our Fans

Posted by John

4:47 PM, Jul 17, 2008

I'm starting to get this sick feeling we could actually finish the season with the same team we have now. Other than a few minor changes like bringing Balentien back up, I'm betting this group is actually going to stick together.
No getting rid of Washburn. No trading Raul while he still has some value. Vidro still clogging it up DH and the cleanup spot.
I'm not a huge proponent of getting rid of everybody, but I think there are some obvious moves you have to make to get some sort of value (Washburn, Ibanez particularly, and possibly Beltre).
I give up on Bedard. You wouldn't get much for him now, so there's no point in trading him. Maybe if he has a strong second half you can get some real value in the offseason.

Posted by GripS

4:48 PM, Jul 17, 2008

What a disappointment to see Vidro still on the team. I guess we'll need a couple more years of producing squat before they'll unload him (eg. Sexson).

Posted by JP

4:50 PM, Jul 17, 2008

Yeah they called up LaHair but sent down the wrong guy. Vidro still hitting clean up against righties. Jesus will this nails on the chalkboard session ever end?

Posted by Scanman

4:51 PM, Jul 17, 2008

I think the Mariners are going to do business as usual, meaning do nothing. Their going to sit on their fannies and watch as other teams scoop up available players, shrug their shoulders, yawn a little and plan how much they will have to raise ticket prices next year because they are losing money. All you season ticket holders get ready cause it’s going to hurt. What a lovely Holiday present they will send you, telling you how great the team will be and oh by the way, due to inflation, ticket prices will be xxxxxxx. This team will never change with the Front Office we have.

Posted by LaHair39rock

4:53 PM, Jul 17, 2008

Go BRYNO!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Chris from Bothell

4:58 PM, Jul 17, 2008

And if LaHair can't get more than one hit in 3 games, will they send him down and call up Chen? ;)

Why did they bother to bring Hulett up at all?

Posted by Nat

5:00 PM, Jul 17, 2008

"Yes, Jose Vidro is still here. Riggleman sounds like he's going to keep batting him cleanup against righties, saying no major lineup changes are planned..."

A manager may say, 'I'm going to do things MY WAY. And sometimes that may work for awhile. And at other times the manager may find when he digs in his heels that circumstances have a way of knocking plans awry. So we will just see how long Vidro bats cleanup.

So long, Tug-

Posted by CheapSeats

5:01 PM, Jul 17, 2008

"My oh My' Mariners Baseball...says it all!

Posted by NewFan

5:03 PM, Jul 17, 2008

Yep - can see the sense in that. Bring Hullet up for 3 AB's - he had his chance - only got one hit.

Posted by Lenny Randle's Breath

5:13 PM, Jul 17, 2008

Well, I hope LaHair turns out to be the suprise of the season.

I hope Bedard stays and has a lights out second half. Then if the M's want to trade him in the off season he might have better value. Wouldn't mind keeping him with Felix though.

I am hoping that they deal the infield away.

Posted by Resin isn't Cheating

5:17 PM, Jul 17, 2008

The M's got one move right for once. LaHair will be a breath of fresh air from Cairo and Sexson.

Joe Blanton? Why on Earth would a club want Blanton? He's been awful this year. Not the guy I would trade for in a pennant race. That's like a team offering three prospects for Carlos Silva.

Posted by Rev Fan

5:29 PM, Jul 17, 2008

Wasn't LaHair the Rev's number one prospect.....


Oh lord what a belly laugh.

Posted by Faceplant

5:33 PM, Jul 17, 2008

"Why did they bother to bring Hulett up at all?"

Probably because LaHair was on the DL when Sexson was sent packing.

Posted by Faceplant

5:40 PM, Jul 17, 2008

Seriously, I wouldn't expect much from LaHair. He isn't much of a prospect. Strikes out WAY too much, has a hard time hitting anything that moves, and is maybe average with the glove. He's got power, and isn't afraid to take a walk, but guys like that are all over the PCL.

I'd expect to see a short power burst from him, followed by a big slump when pitchers stop throwing him fastballs.

Posted by Bill

5:55 PM, Jul 17, 2008

"Strikes out WAY too much, has a hard time hitting anything that moves, and is maybe average with the glove. He's got power, and isn't afraid to take a walk..."

Sounds erriely like Sexson to me.

Posted by Mr. X

5:57 PM, Jul 17, 2008

What Geoff, you couldn't muster a 3 work blog post? You had to actually use sentences and paragraphs, and provide actual information? Thanks again for the blog. It's good to have at least one Mariners blog written by someone in the "pro-ranks" who cares about content and informing the readers.

Oh, and Jessie is still on my "Top 10" list of favorite female names.

Posted by Top pick in 09 draft

6:15 PM, Jul 17, 2008

I am trying to be optimistic that the inaction from the FO in moving some players who have trade value is because the rumors of Yamauchi selling his majority ownership are true. If this is the case, the Bedard trade from last winter will turn out to be a great deal for M's fans as it will have been the catalyst for directly getting rid of Bavasi & Mac and indirectly leading to the departure of Lincoln, Armstrong, and Yamauchi. Realistically if the trade hadn't been made, the club would probably be hovering closer to .500 and there would have been no fan backlash which helped lead to the M's first in-season firings in 20 years.

Posted by Maria from T.J.

6:15 PM, Jul 17, 2008

My husband's name is Jessie Mr.X, and he's a man!

Posted by TimsHead

6:41 PM, Jul 17, 2008

So long, Tuglett. Hope you come back some day and build on your .333 batting average.

LaHair may not be the answer, but he's not Sexson. How I miss the summer of Bucky Jacobsen. I guess RA Dickey is the closest thing we have to a folk hero right now.

Posted by Ziasudra

6:58 PM, Jul 17, 2008

Everytime the M's try to do something, they still get it wrong. Why is Vidro still here?
My roommate in college gave me this advice: "Don't start on vast projects with half-vast ideas."
I wonder what reminded me of that. . .?

Posted by Capo

7:07 PM, Jul 17, 2008

"Can we just address the A's as the Sacramento Rivercats??"

Then what do we call the M's? The DiamondJaxx?

Posted by BrianL

7:15 PM, Jul 17, 2008

I wouldn't count too much on LaHair moving forward. From the scouting reports I've read, it looks like he has a real hard time with inside pitches. Seems to be some concern as to whether or not he can square up an ML fastball, let alone a solid breaking pitch.

He seems like he's one of those fringe AAAA players, spending most of their careers alternating between the big league and AAA. His ceiling is most likely a backup 1B/DH.

Posted by Deez

7:30 PM, Jul 17, 2008

I hope Lahair can get on base, nobody on this team can take a walk, our on base percentage is horrible.

Posted by Scanman

7:57 PM, Jul 17, 2008

More like the Aquasox Capo

Posted by JP

8:18 PM, Jul 17, 2008

We've been attempting to upgrade our rotation and we feel like we've done that," Phillies assistant general manager Mike Arbuckle said. "We think Joe is a very strong, competitive pitcher that has the mental makeup to pitch productively in a pennant race. He pitches a lot of innings and takes some burden off the bullpen."

Pretty much explains why the Phillies did not want to trade for Bedard. Thanks @#$!^ hole. Not only did we waste good prospects for you Bedard but now we can't even trade you because of your self imposed pitch count. Injuries sminjuries, your attitude and complete lack of intestinal fortitude just got you another year on this crappy team. Maybe if you had heart you would be with Philly. But i digress......

Posted by Edgar FM

8:19 PM, Jul 17, 2008

I hate this team...

Posted by sternblows

8:40 PM, Jul 17, 2008

I am afraid that this team will continue to follow the Armstrong direction and will not make any major trades the rest of this season OR durring the offseason.

Chuck and Howie will then announce that Riggleman and Pelakoudas will be retained becuase "they did a great job under dire circumstances". They will then head into next season (Vidro having vested his option because a .500 OPS DH is so valuable in protecting Ibanez) with the same team because "we feel confident that the current group will rebound and contened next season".

Posted by meagain

8:42 PM, Jul 17, 2008

First: would someone please explain to me how to distinguish between a q and a g in the captcha?

Second: I'll go to the game tomorrow, I'll pull for Felix, I'll get anxious, I'll probably get aggravated, but I'll have a good time. It's major league baseball, for crying out loud!

This team ain't lovable, but I sure don't hate it.

Posted by Jonathan

8:42 PM, Jul 17, 2008

Why did they bother to bring Hulett up at all?

LaHair was hurt, Sexson needed to go. I hope Jose Vidro's body language worsens soon.

Posted by Glenstar

8:44 PM, Jul 17, 2008

At least it is a change.Might be worh a shot

Posted by Adam

9:03 PM, Jul 17, 2008

Honestly, what is the idea with keeping Vidro? Is it because there aren't any better options for DH?

Well here's one, geniuses:

Ibanez to DH.
Wlad to majors and RF.
Ichiro to CF.
Reed to LF.
Vidro to purgatory.

Too hard? Too smart? Ok, we'll do the "still dumb but at least it gets rid of Vidro" option:

Wlad to majors, LF.
Ibanez to DH.


Don't want to move Ibanez from LF because he's just so awesome out there? Ok:

Victor Diaz to majors, to DH.

Oh, but wait - what protection would Diaz give Ibanez? He's a RH, for crying out loud, and we just know that every chance he got, a RH pitcher would simply walk Ibanez to get to Diaz. What to do??

Clement to cleanup. Diaz down in the order.

Yeah, this stuff isn't rocket science.

Go Knicks.

Posted by Ziasudra

9:05 PM, Jul 17, 2008

To meagain - captcha doesn't use all the letters. G is never used, just Q.

Posted by earinc

9:35 PM, Jul 17, 2008

This makes the third M's mgr. in a year-and-a-half stubbornly sticking to the idea of Vidro as a major league DH in spite of incontrovertible evidence screaming "NO!!". Why? Is this clueless mgmt. dictating to Riggleman what lineup to run out there, or clueless mgmt. hiring mgrs. who are blind to numbers? I want to like Riggleman, but trotting Vidro out there is a huge "WTF?!" for me.

Posted by "WTF?"

9:51 PM, Jul 17, 2008

"You can put as many spins on it as you want to, you can use all the smoke and mirrors the world but the bottom line is that:



Vidro is a very shitty player! He can't hit, he can't run, he can't field. WTF can Vidro do??? WTF does Vidro do???

there really isn't much else to say."

Posted by RustyJohn

10:30 PM, Jul 17, 2008

I just mailed a letter to Lincoln and Armstrong. I have asked them to read it aloud in their offices until they understand what it means. It says, "I am sofa king we Todd did."

I also put an extra stamp on another letter and sent it to Japan. It reads, "Dear Japanese baseball ownership. We deeply apologize for all of the horrible, washed up, overpriced baseball players that our country has been sending to you. I am sorry you had to watch the likes of Dave Hansen, Julio Franco and Eduardo Perez play. I saw Eduardo Perez play at Florida State and that was the last time he was any good. However, please do not punish us American baseball fans by subjecting us to Vidro, Bloomquist, Cairo, et al. We apologize- please let us know what we can do to remedy this situation- take Michael Jackson back, give you Midway Island, buy more Hondas, wahtever. Just make it end."

Posted by Oly Mike

11:20 PM, Jul 17, 2008

Everyone on this blog has got it wrong!!! It is not about stats, tradition, irrational logic, dumb trades, bad management, crazy lineups, bad players and bad ownership. It is simply BAD LUCK, improper alignment of the stars or voodoo curse. How else can you explain this surreal season? Has everyone forgotten Murphy's Law = "Everything that can go wrong. Will go wrong". And in the Mariners case Murphy was an optimist. Absolutely nothing that has been implemented by the Mariner organization has turned out positive. It almost has to be something unexplainable like a curse or the team is Demon Posessed. And what do they do in the Movies when something is Demon Posessed conduct an Exorcism. Bring in someone knwoledgeable, pure and untainted to purge the
Demons and bring the afflicted back to health. So let the Exorcism begin!!!!!

Posted by Bill

11:20 PM, Jul 17, 2008

I have so many pet pieves about certain complaints about this team. I realize they really suck and I heap my fair share of criticism on them, but: The team would not be anywhere near .500 if they did not trade for Bedard. They would still suck. Imagine having Horacio Ramirez back in the rotation instead of Bedard. Nor would Lincecum be in the starting rotation and competing for the Cy Young if he were a Mariner. First of all, if Lincecum were playing for the M's he'd be the de facto closer, just like Morrow. Second, even if he were a starter for the M's they wouldn't be able to score any runs for him so he wouldn't have 11 wins like he does for the (gasp!) Giants.

Posted by tomtom

11:47 PM, Jul 17, 2008

I wondered why Sexon attacked that guy on the mound, and why he suddenly got released... Whose attitude were they trying to protect? It finally occured to me... this year Sexon was trying to compete with Felix.

It had to have been Felix's influence that finally did in Sexon.

"It ain't that hard to hit a home run, I did it in a couple at bats"

and finally:

"Get rid of him into our league and our Pitchers will slaughter him next year.

It is Sooooooo funny.

Posted by zdawg

12:22 AM, Jul 18, 2008

Now Tug Hulett is officially a Major League Baseball player! He has the stats to prove it!

Posted by Nat

12:49 AM, Jul 18, 2008

RustyJohn - thanks for the laugh- your 10:30 post was pretty good. If Mr. Yamauchi read it for real he would laugh too.

I think this Mariner season is all a shell game. Keep your eye on the problem first baseman so you don't pay attention to ticket prices going up. Keep your eye on the problem pitcher so you don't notice the FO salary increases.

I'm standing firm, myself- which means not going to anymore games this season. There's enough frustration as it is watching games on TV.

Posted by Matt McMullen

12:53 AM, Jul 18, 2008

Your 2009 Seattle Mariners
Ichiro CF L
Lopez 2B R
Griffey DH/OF L
Teixiera 1B B
Beltre 3B R
Ibanez LF/DH L
Balentein/Reed RF B
Clement C L
Betancourt SS R

Johjima C
Reed/Balentein OF
Morse RH pinch hitter

Felix L
Morrow R
Silva R
Rowland-smith L
Dickey/Fierabend/Ammount ?


Basically you sign Junior to a 2 or 3 year deal...sign Teixeira for whatever you gotta spend. Trade Bedard for whatever you can get for Ibanez for about what he is making now. Hopefully you get something back for Bedard that you can plug into the back end of the rotation. That lineup will score runs at a much better rate than the hacks out there this year. After you make this moves you can look to move Johjima/Washburn/Ibanez to improve the middle infield but basically that is a team that can compete next year.

Posted by tomtom

5:33 AM, Jul 18, 2008

Chuckle... I still laugh at Sexon for blogging here under so many female names.

How many of those "gals" figured the M's headlining $15M 1B was absolutely worthless to 2008 teams from either league?

No trades, no offers, not even a going away party. It proved the M's Press was a counterfeiting operation; touting him as "a second half" player.

Every manager in baseball is afraid to pay him the league minimum

Posted by lwl

7:15 AM, Jul 18, 2008

Getting rid of Vidro will be the last major move of the year unless Raul can bring value in a trade. I hope they keep all the pitchers (hardest position to fill) for the future. Pitching & defense should be our goal.

Posted by Briand from Kenmore

7:38 AM, Jul 18, 2008

The only logic I can think of for keeping Vidro is to increase Ibanez' value for trade. Nothing else makes sense.

Posted by PayClayBennett

7:43 AM, Jul 18, 2008

Erica Bedard = Mike Hampton

Flight delayed by weather? Seriously? Did he call the skip and say he was going to be a few days late? WTF kind of MLB crap is this? This guy has been a disease since he got here and since Bill dumped all of our minor league resources to get him, it sticks out that much more. Bedard is the epitomy of Bill's reign over this club. Not an underachiever - he's a non-achiever and that trade alone probably contributed as much to this horrific season as anything.

They deserve to get nothing for Bedard ever - he has no heart, no strength and as far as doing his job, he should be cutting checks back to the M's for this season. I'm so sick of reading about how non-committed to his profession this sissy little Canadian is and I wish they would just DL him so we can just read an update now and then. He does not contribute and frankly everyone is tired of his sore hips and shoulder. Get in the weight room you pansy, work on the only tools you have.

The damage Bill has done to this club will last a few more years and hopefully they can get someone in there who doesn't just add on more stupid moves. Maybe by the time Iran nukes the world, the Mariners will be competitive again...

Posted by Brad

9:34 AM, Jul 18, 2008

I wish that picture represented a ring of fire. On the contrary, I think it most aptly pictorializes a cluster___.

Posted by ken

9:39 AM, Jul 18, 2008

Geoff: any tidbits coming out from the M's on their search for a permanent GM? The fact that Armstrong is entrusted to lead the search is troubling as he's basically been shown to be incompetent in this regard. If the M's don't trade Ibanez and Rhodes to at least get a few prospects, this seems inexcusable as both are in the final year of their contracts and can walk away for nothing. A decent GM could also use this opportunity to unload Washburn and his $10m contract for 2009

Posted by John

9:41 AM, Jul 18, 2008

Great article by John McGrath of the Tacoma Trib about Seattle's need to keep losing so they can draft San Diego State phenom Stephen Strasburg.

I couldn't agree more. All you idiots who don't like Vidro in the cleanup spot need to shut up. I'm suddenly convinced that Riggleman is a selfless genius who is going to give up his job by keeping Vidro in the 4 hole so the M's can land the next great arm.

Keep flailing away, Jose. We need you now more than ever.

Posted by Ben

9:44 AM, Jul 18, 2008

Thank god they sent Hulett down... he just wasn't producing in the 1 game they let him play in... Vidro is our rock. We should stand by him. That makes the most sense....

Posted by meagain

9:47 AM, Jul 18, 2008

Thanks, Ziasudra.

Interesting theory, Bill, the perfect storm. Will Richie take the cloud with him to New York, like Joe Btfsplk in L'il Abner?

I hope for Richie's sake he gets a couple of knocks early.

Posted by jeff928

9:54 AM, Jul 18, 2008

Erica is a wuss. Too bad he is so bad that we can't trade him .

Posted by Mike

10:04 AM, Jul 18, 2008

None of us know what is really going on with Bedard. We know he's surly with the media. We know he has had some injury issues. We know he made one or two unfortunate remarks about being done after 99 or so pitches but we don't know what affect the injuries played in this and how much this was aggravated by the fact that he is a jerk to the media. When healthy he is a really really good pitcher.

The idea of trading him to get him out of here is the kind of stupid we have come to expect from the Ms when they decide they need to get rid of someone. (see Carlos Guillen and Rafael Soriano)

I was against acquiring Bedard but I'm equally against trading him when his value is at an all-time low. Factor in that it is the same FO making decisions and I'm even more reluctant to make a trade. Unless you can find someone as desperate as Bavasi was, hold onto him.

Posted by Ziasudra

10:10 AM, Jul 18, 2008

To meagain - Anyone who remembers Li'l Abner is a friend of mine!
I always spelled it bltzfk - used it all the time as computer passwords -

Posted by aFan

10:12 AM, Jul 18, 2008

PayClayBennet - Both Bedard and Rhode's planes were delayed by weather. Not just Bedard's. And not for a couple of days or anything like that.

Posted by Rubin

10:19 AM, Jul 18, 2008

Ok so they got a first baseman. Great. Now start trading. Raul's trade value is not getting any better. Same with Rhodes, Washburn and so on. Fire Sale!

Posted by Oly Mike

10:33 AM, Jul 18, 2008

The complaining on this Blog is very tiresome because it is so repetitive. On every post someone creates a new potential lineup or discusses Erik Bedard, Vidro or the “Bad Bench Players” (Bloomquist, Burke & Cairo), bad front office and bad manager & coaches. I think we have beat these horses to death. I say this because of the following points:
1. Bedard isn’t going anywhere until maybe next off-season. Otherwise he wouldn’t be on the DL . And as many have pointed out the Mariner management is trying to salvage what they can out of this, Bonehead Bavasi trade, and the only way to do that would be to let Bedard get 100% healthy and pitch the remainder of this awful season.
2. I believe Vidro will be gone soon. Mariner management is still hoping they can get something out of him rather than unceremoniously dumping him like Sexson. When Vidro will be dumped is the only question. His departure will probably be before the July 31 Trading deadline whether they get something for him or not.
3. As I have stated at least 3 times before the Mariner bench is not the reason for this woeful season, Bloomquist, Burke & Cairo are not supposed to be everyday players and have performed ok when they have played. The reason they have played so much is simply a symptom of very poor play by the 8 starting position players. Why get rid of them now? The team will still need bench players and no one wants to pay $10-million a year to players like Johjima & Vidro to sit on the Bench. Some will say in response to this: We are going to pay them anyway”. Well sure! But, do you really want to watch them on the field anymore even if it is as only a bench player?
4. The Mariner Front office (Lincoln & Armstrong) won’t change until the team is acquired by another entity. The current Japanese ownership would “Lose Face” if done in any other way.
5. Finally, Player manager & coaches. Ask yourself what you would do if you were in this situation? I’m positive you would be desperately trying various things, as Riggleman is doing, to turn this season around both for the present and for the future. Yes! We can all disagree with his approach but until we were given this responsibility we will never know whether our strategies would be any better or not. I say because this season is irreparably in the Toilet anyway we give Riggleman a chance to see if he can turn it around before season’s end. If not there is plenty of time to bring a new manager in during the off-season.
The overall point is that no matter how much we debate these issues and become frustrated we are going to have to be even more patient and ride this dying or dead horse to the finish line (end of an awful season) whether we like it or not!!!! The only other option is to stop being a “Mariner Fan” and throw in the towel.

Posted by PayClayBennett

11:01 AM, Jul 18, 2008

afan - "PayClayBennet - Both Bedard and Rhode's planes were delayed by weather. Not just Bedard's. And not for a couple of days or anything like that."

Then we're looking at 2 irresponsible millionaires aren't we? I have no sympathy - it's a 3 day vacay, maybe you shouldn't go 3000 miles away. You make millions of dollars to dedicate yourself to a team for 7-8 months, you should never put yourself in a position to be absent. Especially at the mercy of commercial air travel for crying out loud - about the most unreliable, inefficient, unsympathetic corporate racket known to man.

What does Bedard care for anyway - he isn't pitching.

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