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Thursday, July 03, 2014

It’s a small world: Traded players meet at airport

Two relievers walk into a bathroom…

Kevin Sefcik was Pure Grit Posted: July 03, 2014 at 11:46 AM | 16 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: angels, bathrooms, ernesto frieri, jason grilli, pirates, trade

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   1. Bourbon Samurai Posted: July 03, 2014 at 12:39 PM (#4742671)
That's a great story.
   2. Dog on the sidewalk Posted: July 03, 2014 at 01:01 PM (#4742699)
In a bathroom, at an airport in which both players were on a layover. Life's funny.
   3. SOLockwood Posted: July 03, 2014 at 01:02 PM (#4742701)
Jim Bouton relates in Ball Four meeting Dooley Womack (for whom he had just been traded) when he got to the St. Louis hotel to join the Astros -- Womack was waiting for his laundry.
   4. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: July 03, 2014 at 01:06 PM (#4742711)
Mookie Betts' first MLB home run last night was caught by a kid he grew up with who happened to be in town and went to the game not realizing Mookie had been called up.
   5. Juan Uribe Marching and Chowder Society Posted: July 03, 2014 at 01:06 PM (#4742712)
Two relievers walk into a bathroom ... and walk out relieved.
   6. Mike Emeigh Posted: July 03, 2014 at 01:09 PM (#4742715)
Similar story: I was flying out of Raleigh to Atlanta a couple of years ago, and I see a guy walking down the aisle who looked familiar. He sat down in the seat next to me; turned out he was a former colleague who I had worked with 10 years previously and hadn't seen since the day I left.

-- MWE
   7. Commissioner Gordon Shumway (Dan Lee) Posted: July 03, 2014 at 01:15 PM (#4742716)
Jim Bouton relates in Ball Four meeting Dooley Womack
THE Dooley Womack?
   8. Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: July 03, 2014 at 01:15 PM (#4742718)
I'd like to know details of their entire conversation. Such as, each talking #### about their former pitching coaches.
   9. BDC Posted: July 03, 2014 at 01:34 PM (#4742736)
And just as they were leaving the bathroom, in walked the Player to Be Named Later.
   10. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: July 03, 2014 at 01:51 PM (#4742749)
I somehow missed this trade news
   11. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: July 03, 2014 at 02:35 PM (#4742772)
I somehow missed this trade news


You were probably in the bathroom when it was announced.
   12. Tom Nawrocki Posted: July 03, 2014 at 03:06 PM (#4742796)
Larry Craig just loves this story.
   13. Adam Starblind Posted: July 03, 2014 at 03:15 PM (#4742802)
Grilli has a wide stance. And is therefore better off in the American League.
   14. Walt Davis Posted: July 03, 2014 at 05:14 PM (#4742860)
It was O'Hare. Anytime you're at O'Hare, there's probably about a 1 in 10 chance somebody you know is there too.
   15. Jim (jimmuscomp) Posted: July 03, 2014 at 05:35 PM (#4742871)
This trade has been on my mind all week. Frieri has better peripherals, but give up a ####-ton of homers. Grilli is old and on borrowed time, but seems to give up less homers and was pretty darn good last year. But, Frieri is under control for a couple more years and - if he doesn't keep falling off the cliff - could be useful for two more seasons. Grilli is toast after this year...

But, LAAoA is built for now (Pujols is basically done and Hamilton is likely on fumes too) so why not make the move? A new, shiny Frieri could be found on the scrap heap, methinks.

   16. Walt Davis Posted: July 04, 2014 at 02:40 AM (#4743115)
I'm thinking that swapping fireballing relievers with the current Pirates is a bad move -- can't imagine he can get the HR rate down enough to be the next Melancon but I'll guess Frieri is better from here on out.

I see Polanco is showing really good plate discipline so far.

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