Here in Hotlanta — Gabe is back
In case anyone wondered if I was ever going to post again, here I am. Sorry, I had a rare five-day break from covering the team, so I stayed away from posting a blog, though you will notice I made my share of comments throughout the week.
In news that will make one of our most prominent posters happy, Gabe Kapler is back. That’s right — he’s in uniform, wearing No. 44 and he’ll be active for tonight’s game in Atlanta. The corresponding roster move was the inevitable DL move with Matt Clement. There is nothing structurally wrong with Clement, but after the invasive MRIs, he wouldn’t have been able to pitch for a couple of weeks anyway. His arm strength isn’t what it should be, so the team will put him on a strengthening program.
Anyway, I’m really fired up for this pitching matchup tonight. Lester vs. Hudson. It seems like just yesterday that I was at Fenway watching Pedro and a young Tim Hudson duel it out, and Mr. Hudson got the win that night in the summer of 1999. Maybe Lester can do the same thing to the now-veteran Hudson this time around.
Sunday’s matchup is also a gem. Schill and Smoltz. I love watching guys like that go up against each other, because you know that they both get a little extra edge knowing who they are pitching against. Two guys pitching on Father’s Day, trying to fight off Father Time. gotta love it.
It’s a 7:30 game tonight. Remember when 7:30 games were a way of life?