High camp, lowdown, Feb. 24: Was this necessary?
Friday’s drills at Pirate City included the Optimism Drill? What? Officially, it consisted of pitchers running the bases but, you know …
Yes, A.J. Burnett also ran the bases, as opposed to trotting around them. The right-hander who has spent the last six seasons in the DH (American) League is quick to tell everyone of his plans to add to the three home runs he’d hit while with the Marlins.
For the record, Burnett went 1-for-16 while batting in Interleague games with the Blue Jays and he Yankees in 2006-11, and is a career .130 hitter. …
Club president Frank Coonelly wore a smile as he mingled with fans between fields at Pirate City, displaying little of the stress he must have been feeling the day after disclosure of the Dec. 22 incident that led to him being charged with drunken driving. “I’ll be all right,” Coonelly said. “I have a lot of support, especially from my family.”
Quote of the Day:
“The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing and becomes nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn and feel and change and grow and love and live.” (Leo Buscaglia)