Weekends With Toby: Almost Too Hot To Write
Toby’s Crystal Ball
Nice job by the Angels. They could have been easily swept but instead they took two of three from the Rangers. They are within three games of first place. They are now about to hit the road: three in Baltimore, three in Cleveland and four in Detroit. They are in for an interesting stretch.
Toby’s Honor Roll
1. C.J. Wilson – Nice job of deflecting Thursday’s blame away from Endy Chavez by pointing out he was the one who hit Howie Kendrick. That’s being a good teammate.
2. Mike Maddux and Andy Hawkins – The Rangers pitching coach and bullpen coach do a fabulous job of putting together a game plan for their pitchers.
3. Gary Pettis and Dave Anderson – The Rangers outfield and infield coach likewise do a fabulous job of positioning their defensive players properly
Toby’s Fun Names
They are household names in Arlington and North Texas, but not everywhere. In other places, these names are remembered otherwise:
Michael Young – businessman who helped bring about the end of apartheid in South Africa. He said he resolved conflicts by: “Having an analytical set of propositions” and “Taking the process away from the theatre – removing the potential for playing to the gallery.”
Christopher Wilson – British General who was big into artillery, ordinance and blowing things up.
David Murphy – CIA station chief in Berlin during the 1961 Berlin Wall crisis. He helped President Kennedy manage the crisis. He and his KGB counterpart later wrote a book together.
Josh Hamilton – Broadway director of the play “Fat Pig”. Also won an Emmy in 1984 for the CBS Schoolbreak Special.
David Anderson – Cattle rustler who rode with Billy the Kid. He was known as Buffalo Billy as opposed to William F. Cody who was known as Buffalo Bill.
Scott Feldman – Long Island television news anchor.
Arthur Rhodes – Star cricket player for the Yorkshire County Cricket Club. A right arm fast medium bowler. Took 107 wickets.
Chris Davis – Guitarist for the British band Spotlight Kid and drummer for Six by Seven.
Andy Hawkins – Bassist in the British punk rock band Midget.
Nelson Cruz – Long distance runner from Cape Verde who won a gold medal in the 2006 Lusophony Games in Macau.
Andres Blanco – Venezuelan poet of significant national repute.
Thomas Hunter – Irish patriot who was a captain in the 1916 famous Easter Rising. His battalion captured a biscuit factory. Not sure what they did with it.
1B Andrew Clark (Low A Hickory) was named South Atlantic Player of the Week. Clark (13th round draft pick in 2010) hit .391 with 4 HRs and 12 RBI.
OF Jared Bolden (Advanced A Myrtle Beach) is the Carolina League player of the week. He hit .583 with 2 Doubles, 3 HRs and 8 RBI. Bolden was drafted in 2008 (9th round).
The Hickory Crawdads Bullpen – if you are one of those tweeters – (as Toby is) we suggest that you follow CrawdadsBullpen. We’re not sure who writes their tweets, but they are entertaining – as minor league baseball should be.
Toby Barks: Never, ever underestimate a Mike Scioscia managed team –Growl!
Birthdays: In honor of the HOF inductions this weekend, it’s all HOF birthdays this week
Cardinals RHP Jessie Haines: born July 22, 1893, inducted to the HOF 1984
Dodgers IF Harold Henry “Pee Wee” Reese: born July 23, 1918, inducted to the HOF 1984
Dodgers RHP Don Drysdale: born July 23, 1936, inducted to the HOF 1984
He played for everyone. Knuckleballer extraordinaire Hoyt Wilhem: Born July 26, 1922, inducted to the HOF 1985
Dodgers, Giants, Cubs, Astros manager Leo “The Lip” Durocher: Born July 27, 1905, inducted to the HOF (as manager) 1994
HOF Birthday of the Week: “These are the saddest possible words: ‘Tinkers to Evers to Chance’ “ SS Joe Tinker born July 27, 1880, inducted to the HOF 1946.
Toby’s Reading List
At MLB.com: Peter Gammons likes the Rangers.
Toby’s never seen “A Christmas Story” but is sure many readers have and will get the reference in this story from Yahoo’s Big League Stew.
Roy Halladay leaves game with heat exhaustion at Wrigley Field – you mean there are stadiums other than the Ballpark in Arlington where it’s too hot for ace pitchers? Really?
“They can play just like we can play. They took two of three. We’ll move on. The season is not over.” –Manager Ron Washington on the Angels
Woof! Pant! Woof! – Toby