I don't really want to talk about yesterday. I muted my TV entering the ninth, because I'm terribly removed from the culture and someone was trying to explain to me what "twerking" is, and when I returned to the game, this (Dan's recap) had happened. Altogether a difficult evening, it was worse, since the Red Sox defeated the Orioles 13-2. You can read about that game in what is likely the best recap of the season (sorry, Dan).
There's a bit of hope, if you choose to see the promotion of young pitchers who have performed well in triple-A but struggled through limited appearances in the majors as hope.
Before the game, yesterday, Kelly Johnson and Derek Shelton held a hitting class on the field, and 50 fans (read: kids) got to attend through Franklin Sports' 30th anniversary LEARN FROM A PRO promotion.
During the one-hour event, Johnson and Shelton demonstrated hitting techniques and drills, and spent some time answering questions. Each of the participants were then invited to attend Tuesday night's game.
Here's a pic sent out way by Franklin Sports:
The clinic was one of 18 held around the bigs, and it still sounded like a fun event.
The Hardball Times notes the AL East ain't what it used to be.
Dave Cameron is changing the name of RE24 to Context Batting Runs. I'm not a fan of context-dependent batting metrics. I think it's pretty well established that they add nothing to our understanding of a player. Still, there's not a whole lot else worth talking about, so . . . what do you think about RE24?
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