Friday Fun: RC, Tommy's Boy, and more
I have some brief and very random thoughts before I get some much-needed sleep, but before I get to that stuff, I’d like to congratulate good friend of KRB Dave Sanford -- better known to Royals fans as RC -- for having his site linked on ESPN.com’s Page 2 yesterday. In his very, very lengthy “Uni Watch” article about uniform alterations, Page 2 columnist Paul Lukas included a link to Royals Corner and their coverage of the Royals’ new uniforms.
If you’re a Royals fan and haven’t visited RC, you’re really missing out on some of the finest Royals coverage anywhere. Not only was his Arizona Fall League coverage incredible, Dave also works very hard to produce everything from articles to pictures to prospect reports -- all of which is premium material -- so head on over and pay him a visit.
KRB favorites Randy Leek and Juan Diaz agreed to minor-league contracts with the Cardinals earlier this month, so there’s a chance that they’ll be back at Hammons Field in 2006, Leek doing his thing with great control and Diaz doing his by popping the scoreboard with mammoth home runs. However, I’m sad to report that second baseman Aaron Herr will not return, opting to sign a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training with the Cincinnati Reds.
Herr showed impressive power, hitting .298/.336/.498 in 426 at-bats for Springfield last year, and in my opinion played a pretty good second base. However, his strikeout-to-walk ratio was about as bad as it can get at 108-to-15, a result of poor pitch recognition skills. Despite all that, the 24-year-old son of former player Tommy Herr feasted on fastballs and hit 21 home runs, an impressive total for a middle infielder. He could have a career as a utility man someday.
Getting to the point, Aaron’s the kind of player any fan can get with because he looks playerish. He’s a guy who always swings for the fences, dives for every hard-to-reach ground ball, slides into bases headfirst and generally plays the game like it’s “supposed to be played.” The fans of whatever club he ends up with next season are sure to love him, and he’ll be missed in Springfield.
Diaz congratulates Herr
Folks, I’ve listened to a couple of tracks to Try! (which was recorded live, by the way), and I think it’s a must-own for anyone who loves artists like B.B. King or Buddy Guy, and a DEFINITE must-have for Mayer junkies such as myself. Mayer’s guitar playing is nothing short of scrumtrulescent and, after this and the release of Continuum (Mayer’s latest solo album due in early 2006), he will have launched himself to legitimate musical superstardom.