Found May 09, 2013 on Waiting For Next Year:
While We’re Waiting serves as the early morning gathering of WFNY-esque information for your viewing pleasure. Have something you think we should see? Send it to our tips email at tips@waitingfornextyear.com. A must read on Francona- “Of all the people to remind Terry Francona how much he missed managing, it was Eric Hinske. Francona doesn’t know why him, why then. It was the middle of the season, and he was walking through the Atlanta Braves’ clubhouse before a game, and he ran into Hinske, one of his old charges on the 2007 Boston Red Sox championship team, and Francona wondered, at that moment, what the hell he was doing wearing a sport coat and makeup instead of a baseball uniform.” [Passan/Yahoo Sports] —- “Despite all of the praise we have heard universally about new Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator Ray Horton, at least one of his former players is happy to see his scheme disappear: veteran defensive lineman Darnell Dockett.” [Pokorny/Dawgs by Nature] —- “April and May could bring long winning streaks and weather so warm the Hinckley buzzards move up their flight schedule, and it won’t matter until the Indians rebuild their season-ticket base with three to five years of serious contention and frequent appearances. At the current pace of every six years, dollar hot dogs 81 times a year won’t be enough to drive traffic to the ballpark. Not only can’t the season-ticket base get rebuilt in one winter of Terry Francona, Michael Bourn, Mark Reynolds and Nick Swisher, it wouldn’t be a good bet over two winters. Not when the season ticket base slipped by nearly 20,000 over the last decade.” [Shaw/Cleveland.com] —- Weird. “The Dublin Women’s Club biggest annual fundraiser has pulled in one of the nation’s most prominent coaches. The house of Ohio State University football coach Urban Meyer will be featured on the May 19 Spring Tour of Homes in Muirfield Village. The seven Muirfield homes included on the tour are all beautiful, organizer Chris Saneholtz said, but the home of the OSU football coach is definitely the highlight.” [Dublin Villager] —- “Hernandez compounded his gaffe by the way he handled it. According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, Hernandez didn’t allow the media to record his postgame comments. While stipulating that his answers be written in print only, Hernandez said the umpires “didn’t have enough evidence to reverse (the) call,” Slusser reported. That’s odd. Everyone else who viewed the replays — you, me, the French judge from Skategate at the 2002 Winter Olympics — saw the ball carom off a railing above the yellow line. It should have been a home run. Period. Inexplicably, Hernandez thought otherwise.” [Morosi/Fox Sports]
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