Well, I’d say that, in spite of all the interruptions, we had a pretty darned good show.
Thanks for all of your questions and for keeping it interesting. Part I is up above and then, after the page jump, you’ll get the second part, post internet conk-out.
We showed you footage of manager Eric Wedge, down on the field after a 7-6 win over Colorado, commenting on his new Michael Pineda-inclusive starting rotation.
After that, we moved right into the release of Josh Wilson and his comments to me today that the team will keep infielder Luis Rodriguez. Wedge wouldn’t confirm that down on the field, but from what he said, I got the feeling Rodriguez will indeed open the season with the team.
“It was a tough decision with Josh,” Wedge said. “Ultimately, we’re still working to finalize everything. It’s really hard to talk about it until we do finalize everything. But ultimately, breaking with our club, we look for things that ultimately are complimentary with each other with regards to different areas with our team.
“Josh has done a good job here the last couple of years. He’s a good ballplayer. But ultimately, we felt there was a better fit, at least initially, with some of our other guys that are here.”
Hard to miss that last part about “guys that are here.”
Not “guys we’re about to trade for.” Wedge did speak as if the guy they’re going to keep is already on the squad.
One viewer asked for my predictions on division and World Series winners. Here they are, hot off the presses. I guarantee you at least one will be wrong.
Another viewer asked me whether I think that, if Michael Saunders makes the team out of spring training, it will be his final chance to show the M’s something.
And yes, even though he’s had a well-behaved, productive spring, folks are still wondering what my “over-under” is for a Milton Bradley outburst. Here’s the answer I gave to that.
Here’s Part II of the show after we got things started up once again.
And finally, after that, we had Part III, where we ended the show with a flurry.