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July 23, 2007 at 1:38 PM

Sweltering in Texas

Just arrived here in the Lone Star State and let me tell you, I lost about five pounds walking from the parking lot to the press box. The temperature is a cool and pleasant 89 degrees, but it feels like 95 with the humidity. Not the worst we’ve seen this season — think Kansas City — but hardly good baseball weather.
The reviews are in on Felix Hernandez and no one was all that impressed. This story in the Globe and Mail (Toronto) leads off with: “There may have been royalty in the house…” which goes back to what we were saying about it not being a good idea to dub a 21-year-old, 12-game winner a “King”.
Lots of quotes from players noting Hernandez’s mound meltdown.
Here’s a take from Blue Jays catcher Gregg Zaun: “Those are the times that you have to take advantage,” Zaun said. “The other team’s ace out there’s lost his composure for whatever reason and you’re smelling a big inning — you have to come up with those big hits. That put us up five and with Halladay cruising, that’s pretty tough to beat.”
Here’s how the Toronto Star kicked off its game story: “Roy Halladay was not only his usual brilliant self yesterday, but the Jays’ ace also schooled a young hotshot pitcher on how to win in the big leagues.”
Ouch!
Hernandez dodged some bullets in the Toronto Sun, which was more concerned about trade rumors. But you get the point. I’ll stop now.
On to the clubhouse for me. Time to see whether there will be any lineup changes in wake of yesterday’s disaster.
As for the site, it’s great to see our longest comment thread ever down below in the previous post. But let’s not get into the business of stealing names and posting under multiple IDs please. If you make me investigate, I’m going to ban whoever I catch because I do have all your email addresses. Please, folks, about 99 percent of you are keeping things civil and decent. Let’s not degenerate into some hyperactive, reactionary blog. I know you’re all upset. Get upset if you want. But don’t take it out on each other when the team does poorly. What’s the point? There’s a fine line between a good argument and an insult-fest. Most of you usually know how to walk it.
I’ve got to run downstairs…

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