Well, it’s been an interesting week in Sunny Surprise…came down with laryngitis…and we’ve seen some good things from several Royals players down here.
Regarding the laryngitis, I have to admit something here…and this is tough. You see, I want to help my broadcast team. So, yes, I can admit it now, I took…Prednisone…. yes…it’s a… steroid….the doctor told me it would shrink my vocal chords…and help me start talking that much more quickly.
You see, I didn’t take the steroid pills to gain a competitive advantage over my fellow broadcasters, I just took them to help me recover from injury faster…I just wanted to get back in the booth to help my teammates. There, I admitted it, and I feel better. Hopefully no fine or suspension will be forthcoming. It’s a great relief to unburden myself in this way….
But seriously folks…interesting when you talk for a living and you suddenly can’t speak. In order to recover more quickly, like a lot of injuries, it’s best to "stay off of it" for a few days. So I fell completely silent for two days. Every conversation was an email, a text message or an instant message. I did go out to dinner one of the nights, and I literally wrote my responses on a legal pad to hold up my end of the conversation. I also feel like I could be a championship-level charades player right now if the opportunity were to arise.
Been a fun spring. John Bale looked just great Tuesday in Mesa against the Chicago Cubs’ imposing "A" lineup. He was an unturned double play away from completing six innings and allowing one run. It would appear it’ll be hard to keep him out of the starting rotation.
Can you believe the season is so close? March 31st in Detroit. First, a trip to Milwaukee for a couple of exhibition games. Mark Grudzielanek will see lots of family and friends as he visits his hometown.
I have family here this week…including my nine-year-old son, John. He was my producer/engineer for a webcast on Sunday. He’s no Don Free, but he works a lot cheaper. Well, maybe not I don’t have to pay for Don’s education. Oh well. He’s a great kid, a very good ballplayer on his little league team, and he’s now a Royals fan. Easy for him to continue to root for the Reds as well, since the teams won’t play at all this season.
He’s got three cousins here with him as well…here’s John with Jane, Charlie and Margaret…and some grown-up ruining the picture…
First of all, thanks for the nice comments. I greatly appreciate them. I’m working with great people and they’ve welcomed me from day one. And we’ve gotten great email responses from listeners during both the radio broadcasts and the web exclusives. I’m impressed by how many good Royals blogs there are out there. As for TV, that will be handled by the very talented quartet of Ryan Lefebvre, Paul Splittorff, Frank White and Joel Goldberg. I am greatly enjoying the radio booth, and the fact that I won’t need to apply any pancake makeup this season….
As far as pitching, I think it sort of takes care of itself. Of course, now we’re getting down to nitty gritty time. As I mentioned, Bale has been great, as have several others, including Luke Hochevar. Bullpen guys have been a little up and down, but most have track records, and that should be reassuring.
Mike Aviles has been very impressive. Trey Hillman was talking about him the other day, saying he gives 100 percent effort all the time. He is not "under the radar" at all within the organization He’s had an excellent spring. There are several very good infielders who’ve been competing for very few jobs.