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Geoff’s Thoughts On Our Old Pal

November 2nd, 2007 by

Geoff Young has a new column on the Josh Barfield saga. Not a lot of new insight into what exactly happened in Cleveland, but all the background you could ask for plus a comparison to Orlando Hudson.

Am I the only one who just realized the guy’s first name is Orlando? It’s one of those things where you just listen to the sounds, but don’t put it all together. Wow, Orlando. Wait, I mean O-Hud.

Back to Geoff. Highlight of the article is his response to trade critics’ analogies to Roberto Alomar:

The comparison didn’t make sense, of course. Alomar was much younger when he reached the big leagues and he’d always exhibited good plate discipline. He also had played shortstop in the minors and was—high error totals notwithstanding—a spectacular defender on the other side of the bag from day one.

I know I liked the trade at the time. I even sent an email to the Padres Mailbag when people were all freaking out.  So you have to believe me.

What happened to Josh Barfield?

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Okay, let’s go over the ground rules.

November 1st, 2007 by

Umpire: You can’t leave first until you chug a beer. Any man scoring has to chug a beer. You have to chug a beer at the top of all odd-numbered innings. Oh, and the fourth inning is the beer inning.

Mike Cameron: Hey, we know how to play baseball.

It’s not as common as greenies, but big leaguers have been known to step on the field liquored up. … Almost every current major leaguer I spoke to knew of players who had stepped on the field under the influence. When asked what the signs were, the players typically responded the way Giant Ryan Klesko and Padre Jake Peavy did: ‘I just knew.’ Interestingly, another Padre, center fielder Mike Cameron, had a more intimate experience with game-day tipsiness:

“Sh-t, I’ve played drunk.


“New York City.”

What were the circumstances?

“I went four for four with two jacks and eight ribbies. I’m not saying that’s the only day I played drunk, but that was the best one.”

Mike Cameron: ‘I’ve Played Drunk’

Frankly, I’m more upset about the cursing.

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