OK, so I tried to take credit for Christian Colon breaking his hitless streak, and I had a decent case to make: After I showed up in Surprise, Colon lined out, doubled and singled. Baseball players are very superstitious (you can be considered a good luck charm or a jinx), and I wanted to get my bid in early for good luck-charm status. On Thursday, the Royals won again, so I’m 2-0 since arriving.
And then I pushed my own luck too far.
Even though it wasn’t listed as such, the Royals were playing what amounted to a split-squad game against the Dodgers on Thursday; part of the team was flying to San Antonio to play the Rangers on Friday night.
After the Royals won the game against the Dodgers, reporters went down on the field to listen to Royals coach Don Wakamatsu sum up the day’s proceedings (manager Ned Yost was on his way to San Antonio). I was leaning against the dugout railing, talking with bullpen coach Doug Henry, when I just happened to mention that the Royals were 2-0 since I arrived.
Here’s how Henry responded: “So it’s your fault.”
Turns out Wakamatsu had managed a couple other split-squad games and lost, so now I wasn’t getting credit for him winning. Nope, I was being blamed for his losses because I didn’t show up sooner. Turns out this taking-credit-for-good-things stuff is trickier than I thought.
Check Friday’s score against the Angels and you’ll know whether I still have good luck-charm status or am slipping toward the jinx category.
I had some friends at the game on Wednesday and they got to meet Royals third base coach Mike Jirschele.
One of the things we talked about was heckling in the age of the smartphone. It’s getting much more specific. Fans can now look up a player or coach’s record on their smartphones and yell very detailed insults.
One night, Jirschele was getting chided by a fan for becoming a baseball player. The fan thought he should have accepted a scholarship to play college football instead of signing with the Texas Rangers.
On the other hand, no matter how well they play, college football teams don’t give out World Series rings. And come opening day, Jirschele will have one.
I also give medical advice
Outfieler Jarrod Dyson walked by, headed to a practice field, and I asked him how his recovery from an oblique strain was coming along.
I then pointed out that I needed to lose at least 20 pounds and I’d never strained an oblique muscle — I’m not even sure I have one. And if I do have one, it’s covered by a layer of protective blubber.
After listening to my top-notch medical advice, Dyson promised to look into a strict pizza/cheeseburger diet. So if Dyson looks a little slower in 2016, I might be to blame.