Been waiting a long time to write that.
The Great Rabbino posted this entry about the top questions regarding Jewish baseball players this season, including whether Josh Satin and Ike Davis will play significant roles for the Mets; whether Jason Marquis can return to prominence on the mound for the Minn. Twins; whether Kevin Youkilis and Ryan Kalish can bounce back from injury issues to help the Red Sox return to the top of the American League; and, of course, whither Ryan Braun, who has yet to hear his fate following his appeal.
Sam Fuld, the Tampa Bay Rays’ flashy-fielding outfielder who had such a great spurt last spring but fizzled out over time, might be preparing for his next career: his article on Grantland.com about the final regular season game — a come-from behind 8-7, 12-inning win against the NY Yankees — is well-written and quite exciting. Let’s just hope he can keep out of trouble this year.
We haven’t even played this season, and already there’s speculation about where Youk might be in 2013. And could the same be said about Davis? If the Mets are really struggling, it’s not inconceivable that they could make a deal to send the popular Ike elsewhere.
And speaking of the Mets, a NY court ruled in their favor and upheld a ban that restricts “Kosher Sports Inc. from selling their wieners on the Jewish Sabbath, citing a contract between the two entities that does not explicitly guarantee weekend sales.” (I wonder how much they actually make from the kashrut-observant fans. So much that they worry about offending them by allowing the sale of kosher products on Friday nights and Saturdays? Apparently so.)
So, to do a quick wrap-up:
Returning to their old teams:
Youkilis, Kalish, Ryan Lavernway – Boston Red Sox
Davis, Josh Satin — NY Mets
Kinsler, Scott Feldman — Texas Rangers
Danny Valencia — Minn. Twins
Michael Schwimer — Philadelphia Phillies
Sam Fuld — Tampa Bay Rays
Joining new clubs:
Craig Breslow, Arizona Diamondbacks
John Grabow, LA Dodgers (minor league contract)