Aug 20: Hurdle wants to make a call
Right off the bat … hats off to Kevin Correia. His reaction to his first removal from the rotation — “I’m a starter. I don’t want to see anyone get hurt here. So maybe I should be moved elsewhere.” — brought some fans down on him who perceived it as being selfish.
Some selfish. Here’s hoping he puts in a knockout five, six innings on the Padres tonight in San Diego — the day after making a great relief contribution to yesterday’s 19-inning win in St. Louis. Special seasons are built on such special episodes.
Speaking of San Diego … I ain’t there. Travel plans put in place long ago. This could be a problem. Those following me on Twitter are aware of a weird/disturbing trend I couldn’t help but finally share with Clint Hurdle late Sunday in St. Louis.
The Pirates had just won a 19-inning game in unimaginable fashion. They’d lost their last 19-inning game also in unimaginable fashion. I hadn’t been in Atlanta on July 26, 2011, but I was in St. Louis yesterday. So …
Me: “I’ll see you back in Pittsburgh. I’m skipping San Diego.”
Hurdle: “Okay, travel safe.”
“I need to tell you something I haven’t mentioned before because, well, it’s too weird.”
“What have you got?”
“You know you’ve got a pretty good record overall … but know what you are in games I’ve missed?”
“10-20. Do the math for games I haven’t missed.”
“Is that right?”
“Like I said, weird. When I was a kid growing up in Pittsburgh … ”
“Yeah, I know the background … ”
“Wait — I was convinced the Bucs couldn’t win if I wasn’t in Forbes Field. But that was just a juvenile superstition. Eerie for that karma to pick up forty years later.”
“Well, you gotta get to San Diego.”
“Nah. Plans are firm.”
“Who do I have to call?”
“Just go to San Diego — and prove me wrong.”
To be continued.