Instinct tells me to worry about Ruben Tejada's awful day, where he kicked balls all over the place and went 0-for-2. Instinct tells me that I need to make some sort of "fat camp" joke.
Common sense, however, tells me that this is Tejada's first start of the spring after coming off a calf injury, and that I should just leave well enough alone. So I walk off into the night repeating the words "it's spring training" over and over and over again while drinking Canadian Club and ginger ale with visions of Daniel Murphy limping off the field after sliding into second base.
Oh don't worry, he was fine. But wouldn't that have been something ... Murphy also making his first spring start of the year and goes off limping? Fortunately, nobody got hurt. Not Tejada, not Murphy, and not David Wright in his first start of the year in Friday's 5-5 tie with the Cardinals. A tie created, by the way, with four late runs in the final two innings on eighth inning home runs by Anthony Recker and Andrew Brown, and ninth inning hits by Wilmer Flores and Eric Campbell. Flores' hit was particularly impressive as it looked like he made a concerted effort to go the other way, and did so with what looked like ... ease.
But it's the adventures of Tejada and Colon and Davis and Duda that we will record with bated breath. Tejada started his spring adventures today and stumbled out of the gate. And with Stephen Drew sitting at home binge watching House of Cards on Netflix, every Ruben Tejada move will be scrutinized ... perhaps more closely than they were when he was replacing Jose Reyes. This is probably why my instinct kicks in sooner than my common sense.
But when I ask my thesaurus app on my phone to come up with another word for "disappointment" it responds "dude, it's spring training." So I will go back into vacation mode.
In other news, Oliver Perez is about to sign with the Diamondbacks for just north of $2 million a year for two years. The Mets finally get their chance to face him. And not only do they get to face Perez, they get to face Oliver Perez while he is getting paid handsomely with some security. Remember the last time Oliver Perez was getting paid? Look up 2009 and 2010 if you're not sure.
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