Erik Bedard returns to the mound today for the first time since July 31, 2009, when he started at Safeco also against the Indians.
I wrote my column today about it and how we shouldn't place any expectations on him for the season simply because the rash of shoulder injuries give us no basis or body of work to do so.
Bedard can be polarizing amongst fans. But what I've come to notice is that he's man a who's saw his baseball mortality. He knows that his career was on the verge of being ripped away by injury. And I think he's learned to savor and enjoy baseball again. I don't know if it was fun for him for a while.
Will Erik Bedard ever live up to the ridiculous expectations that were set for him when he was acquired for five players back in 2008? No, and it's unfair to think he could. He's a different pitcher now. And that's enough.
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While Bedard has grown more comfortable with the media, and has been funny and even introspective, Chone Figgins continues to kind of have a hot and cold relationship. After last night's frustrating 2-1 loss, where he snapped an 0-for-26 skid with a couple of hits, Figgins was less than conversational to a couple of younger reporters after the game.
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Dumb question? I thought both questions were fair. Believe me, I've heard dumb questions asked to baseball players. Those were fair and two questions I would have asked. Figgins has been around the game long enough to know that those were fair questions as well. Figgins has has a mammoth chip on his shoulder. It's what drove him and motivated him to reach the big leagues well beyond most people's expectations. But that same chip can sometime make him act like a jerk. He always talks about being a professional. Well a professional would answer the damn question.
I can't help but wonder if one Figgins would have had the same reaction to the same questions if they were asked by a more senior member of the baseball writers - ones he was more familiar with. And that's not a dumb question.
Finally, our venerable columnist John McGrath takes a historical look at the Jack Wilson situation. It's not often you get a baseball history lesson at the same time. Good stuff.