Hoping to Cash in
The first sign that the Doug Mirabelli era was officially over? When I walked into the clubhouse around 8 this morning, Manny Ramirez had moved into Dougie’s old digs. Give Manny credit for this. He knows about prime real estate. Because Mirabelli is a catcher, his locker was significantly wider than most of the other lockers. It looks like Manny has also maintained residence in his own locker. Just another case of Manny being Manny.
But Curt Schilling made it clear on his blog how much Mirabelli ment to the team while he was here.
"In the 20 years since I was first called up to the big leagues I’ve
played with exactly 2 players who’s presence in the clubhouse carried
onto the field. Darren Daulton in Philadelphia, and Doug Mirabelli here
"Very few players have that ability, and when they have it you know
it. 4am landing in Toronto after a sweep, quiet plane, get on the bus
for the 40 minute ride to the hotel, dead silence and everyone is
wiped. By the time you got to the hotel the entire bus was laughing and
the day was behind you. It’s a gift and Doug had it in spades."
That’s powerful stuff from Schilling and provides more insight than Mirabelli’s reputation as "the guy who could catch the knuckleball."
New backup Kevin Cash held court this morning and is excited about the opportunity.
“I was very happy but at the same time, but yesterday was
a rough day for everybody just because of the relationship Doug has with a lot
of these players on this team. He’s very well liked, very well respected. That
goes from my standpoint too. at the same time, it is a business and it’s a
career opportunity for me," said Cash.
More later, with Dice-K taking the ball against perhaps baseball’s worst team going into the season, the Baltimore Orioles.