Cubs @ Dodgers Feb 25, 2013: Juan Uribe’s Dream Come True

camelbackranchI was originally going to have this post be about the sort-of return of Vin Scully, given that we haven’t heard him since last October, and today’s 12pm PT start on Prime Ticket represents his 2013 spring debut. Unfortunately, it’s a Monday afternoon, so most of you won’t be able to watch it anyway.

…and then I saw the pure glorious joy that is today’s lineup. Juan Uribe is in the lineup. Playing first base. And hitting cleanup.

I hardly need to remind you that it’s February 25th and that after two days of seeing mostly starters in the lineup, it’s likely that not a single member of today’s starting nine is in there on Opening Day (unless Carl Crawford isn’t ready to go) — and so there will be no complaining about a meaningless lineup in an even more meaningless game. But even still… look at it. Bask in it. Let it breathe a little. First baseman Juan Uribe, hitting cleanup, protected by designated hitter Nick Punto.

Cubs
Dodgers
2B
Valbuena
SS
Gordon
DH
Barney
2B
Schumaker
RF
Schierholtz
RF
Hairston
CF
Hairston
1B
Uribe
1B
Nelson
DH
Punto
LF
McDonald
CF
Castellanos
C
Castillo
C
Castro
3B
Lake
3B
Amezaga
SS
Gonzalez
LF
Gwynn

Lord, do I love spring training sometimes.

That “lineup” will support starting pitcher Chad Billingsley, to be followed by Chris Capuano, Kevin Gregg, Matt Guerrier, Shawn Tolleson, Paco Rodriguez, so good luck with that, guys.

One other note, getting his first start of the spring today in left field is Tony Gwynn, who is of course in camp as a non-roster player despite still being under contract for 2013. Why was he so atrocious last year?

That was Tony Gwynn‘s dilemma in 2012. Have surgery, don’t play and let the team down. Or try to play hurt, and eventually let the team down anyway.

Gwynn, 30, played with an injury that was never discussed by him or the club. He believes he suffered a sports hernia lifting weights after the 2011 season, but he never had an MRI to diagnose it.

“I didn’t want to know,” he said Friday. “I wasn’t having surgery no matter what I had.”

He was hurting last Spring Training, hurting when Matt Kemp went down with that hamstring injury in early May and the relapse in late May. Needing to fill in for Kemp on almost an everyday basis for several months, Gwynn’s already injured body finally broke down.

Ah, wonderful. Unreported injuries never end poorly for player and team, ever.

472 comments
capnsparrow
capnsparrow

Das a wrap gang!!! we is in the win column. 

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Blake Johnson needs a more accurate throw to first.  Decent looking curve, though.

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

Uuuuhhh. Who's mystery man? C-Jax? mike?

DBrim
DBrim moderator

"We do not have any idea who this young man is." I love it.

Bill Grabarkewitz
Bill Grabarkewitz

God, I hate the fans who yell at ST games; they're invariably jackholes.

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MSTI OG

Dallas does Dallas thing

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Dallas McPherson has Stan Sitwell eyebrows.

Lobo
Lobo

I kind of love the fact that we can hear every single person heckling the players.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

And that may be the only thing of note that Omar Luna does this year.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

I actually have a computer that I can use to watch mlb.tv while doing other stuff.  Is NexDef worth installing?

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Who the hell is Ozzy Martinez?

DINGERS!
DINGERS!

@Catfishin Cant wait for him to hit his way into the show.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

 @Catfishin Wait, Blake Wayne Johnson?

 

Nobody told me that we signed The Rock.

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

@DBrim that throw.to first as a RH is so much harder than it seems right?

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@Catfishin are you still going on?

Bill Grabarkewitz
Bill Grabarkewitz

 @DBrim Depends. My laptop hangs up and delays the higher definition I use. I'm really only in it to ear Vin. YMMV.

Chris Jackson
Chris Jackson

 @DBrim He was the SS the Dodgers acquired from the White Sox during the All-Star break last year. Hit an empty .255 with the Topes.

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

 @DBrim picked up from Chicago last season when infield depth was down to you and me

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@Mike Petriello wuv u

DBrim
DBrim moderator

 @Lobo It's some plug-in that is used for something.  New computer and I don't want to install a bunch of shit on it right away.

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MSTI OG

@Deuce when I'm dumping coffee in your butt

Chris Jackson
Chris Jackson

 @capnsparrow  @DBrim And he was the guy who almost got killed in a drive-by in Puerto Rico. Got shot three times (I think) and drove himself to the hospital. Tough dude.

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@DBrim @Catfishin I'm sure she is. thats a feisty woman

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those are Tupac numbers