Must ... resist ... urge ... to ... post ... standings ... must ... avert ... gaze ...
The forces are just too powerful this morning after learning that Charlie Manuel ripped into his club hard following yesterday's 12-0 drubbing. And so we've reached that point in spring training when even the manager would like to see some semblance of crisp baseball. Time for a St. Patrick's Day reality check. From the Daily News: "I think that any game like that [ticks] you off," Manuel said, "but the best thing you can do is go out there and get on the bus and forget about that . . . That's a [bleep] game. If I played in that game, I would definitely take a good inventory of myself."
We glance at the Grapefruit League standings and note the club's customary cellar dwelling status, perhaps foreshadowing, as it did last year, a season of heartbreak and misery.
Swindle update: Beerleaguer favorite R.J. Swindle, who signed a Major League contract with Milwaukee this winter, was optioned to Triple-A Nashville Monday.