and this one on Porcello http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090527&content_id=4989138&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb
Former Wolverine making his mark on the field and in the blogosphereBY KRISTA JAHNKEFREE PRESS SPORTS WRITER
There are many reasons Michiganders may know the name Andrew Hess. He played baseball at the University of Michigan and comes from a family of coaches. His mother, Jeanne Hess, coaches volleyball at Kalamazoo College, and his father, Jim Hess, was the women's basketball coach at Western Michigan.
But the best reason to know Hess these days is because he blogs about his experience as a minor leaguer playing for the Tigers with the Class-A Advanced Lakeland Flying Tigers.
Hess, who is 2-2 with a 2.50 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 36 innings, answered a few questions for The Buzz. You can read his blog at http://www.tigersminors.com/category/andrew-hess/.
Q:How did you get started with the blog?
A:It's something I started in the spring of last season, working with the editor of the site. He said, "Hey, want to write sort of a daily journal about what life is like in the minors?" He didn't give me any specifics. But it's been a lot of fun. I enjoy it.
Q:What do you like about it?
A:It gives me an outlet to share what my experience is like and let people know what I'm up to and what the life of a minor league baseball player is like. There's a lot of speculation of what goes on. So I set the record straight.
Q:Do your teammates know or mind?
A:My teammates like it. A lot of the time, they're my inspiration; they're shooting me ideas.
Q:One recent entry says you have seven kinds of milk in your fridge. How many of your teammates do you live with?
A:Right now, it's seven. ... It's a very good-sized house. ... It's great. Most of us are only a few years removed from college, so it's like a throwback to those days. You're surrounded by guys doing same thing as you are. ... Surprisingly, we have a lot of amateur chefs here. We have some guys who can whip together some good meals.
Q:Does that include you?
A:I do whatever can go on the grill.
Q:You talk on the blog about managing yourself during games. What have you learned about that?
A:Well, this is my first season in pro baseball where I'm starting. So it's just learning your approach, how you go out there from pitch one in the first inning. It's a lot different than coming in in the six and seventh innings to face the heart of the lineup. As a starter, you have to know how to build a game how you want it. It's a nice little adjustment period.
Q:You also talk about how you eventually want to find a job in Detroit. I assume you mean one day pitching for the Tigers. You're 24 now. Is that still your goal?
A:It's a goal for everyone who plays. But there are goals, and then you have your realistic goals -- you have to know the difference between what's what. But I look at it like, you have to keep going until they say stop. The only thing I can control is me, and everything else will fall as it will.
Contact KRISTA JAHNKE: 313-223-4493 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
That picture of MC Hammer just got to ya, didn't it Chuck?
BTW, Chuck can also lay claim to being the best bartender from his days at the East side establishment, O'Grady's. It was such a nice, cozy bar, I would take my wife there for a burger and onion rings, and Chuck kept the cold ones coming. (But I don't recall any freebies!)
Although I do think Leyland took a little nap there in the seventh and eighth, and let Jackson stay too long at the dance. He pitched a good game, and deserved a win.
Funny what announcers go through in a tight pitching battle like today. The Rangers' announcers Tom Grieve (previously a utility Ranger) and Bug-Eyed Josh were even more irritating than ever:
- repeatedly discussing the finer points of last night's triple play. "It all happened so fast," said Josh, quoting the snail who was hit by the speeding turtle. (Seriously. That was his "favorite joke."
- an obviously pre-rehearsed story about the only time mild-mannered Grieve was ejected from a professional game. (For "cursing.") You knew it was pre-rehearsed, when Grieve produced the letter from the commissioner and president of the NY-Penn League fining him $5.
- Milt Wilcox's new "Ultimate Air Dog" business venture
- Could shortstop Ian Kinsler have made that an unassisted triple play? "It all happened so fast."
Coming into town with Josh Hamilton relatively healthy, and a six-game winning streak.
The good news (from my perspective) is:
- All three games in Detroit will be telecast in Dallas
- The Rangers aren't really all that good. They've been playing West Coast weak sisters like Seattle and LA. They don't know from "hardball." Even last year, they didn't win a single game at Comerica.
- The Tigers swept these guys earlier this year.
My advice to the Bengals is that the key to scoring against the Rangers is like political success in Chicago. "Vote early, vote often." The Ranger bullpen, not their strength, lacks their closer, Frankie Francisco. If we get to the starting pitcher early in tonight's game, we could be in for buckets of runs for the rest of the series any time we push the starter around.
My prediction: Tigers take two of three. If Dontrelle gives us a good outing tonight, it's a sweep.
Verlander has been phenomenal, but Lolich's records are likely safe
Verlander isn't going to approach Lolich's innings total from '71. Due in part to the advent of pitch-count monitoring, no big-league pitcher has thrown 300 innings in a season since the Phillies' Steve Carlton in 1980.
Those on the DL should be coming back before long and we'll be even better, healthier, and hopefully break off a nice long winning streak.
Is this really the team that came in last in '08. I guess not.
But Ordonez continues in a funk, as Leyland moved him down in the lineup. Anybody else concerned? (I know, Tom, "Don't worry, it will get worse."
(Bengals in Dallas Aug. 27-29. Anybody want me to buy tickets for them? That includes an offer for free B&B at Casa de Shields and a ride to the ballpark.)