In an article he wrote for ESPN The Magazine, pitcher Randy Johnson said he was "finally having fun" in this, his 21st big-league season.
The reason? His ability, just like Lakers coach Phil Jackson, to "stay in the now," to "appreciate the moment," to "take it all in."
Johnson said his steely approach in the past could be traced back to his father, a military man and police officer. Johnson said that on the night in 1990 when he pitched a no-hitter for Seattle against Detroit, he called home and spoke to his father.
His dad said, "How come you walked six batters?"
It doesn't matter if the Mets are treading water at 30-29. Any news coming out of Shea-town is news here. Yesterday, Willie Randolph said leftfielder Moises Alou would likely be activated on Tuesday, four days after he is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list.
Alou spends more time licking his wounds than striding to the plate. In fact, his Wikipedia page has its own section labeled "career injuries." On the gruesome list is the "fractured fibula and ankle" that Alou suffered in 1993 during his time in Montreal. You may or may not remember, but before showing the replay, ESPN warned fans to turn away if they had a weak stomach.
Here's another tidbit: The 41-year-old Alou urinates on his hands to heal calluses, allowing him to be one of the only non-batting-glove-wearing big-leaguers.
Alou's most recent trip to the DL was for a strained left calf. It's his second time this season parked on the bench, chewing - we hope - sunflower seeds.
As if the Rockies, the worst team in baseball if not for the Mariners' being one game worse, needed another foe. On Thursday, Matt Holliday's rehab game with triple-A Colorado Springs was delayed because of "wet weather."
Holliday, a two-time all-star and Mr. Clean look-alike, has been out since May 28 with a left-hamstring injury. Needless to say, the men from Coors Field could use his 26 RBIs and .321 average.
If anyone is planning on taking a trip to the Rocky Mountain state, Holliday was penciled into the Colorado Springs' lineup last night.
The Mets, sigh, must appear again: They called up infielder Abraham Nuñez from triple-A New Orleans. In 45 at-bats with New Orleans, the former Phillie hit .133. The Mets also sent Nick Evans back to double-A Binghamton. Evans, you may (not) remember, had that stellar major-league debut, going 3 for 4 with three doubles on May 24 against the Rockies. He ended up batting .174 in nine games.