Posted at 3:25 PM on July 2, 2008
by Steve Rudolph
I'm not sure if it's because he can't find a good game of shuffle board in Mississippi or the price of gas has taken a bite out of his savings, but it appears Brett Favre is ready to come out of "retirement" and rejoin the Green Bay Packers.
ESPN's Chris Mortenson, one of the more plugged-in NFL correspondents, is reporting that several sources have said Favre has an "itch" to return to the Packers and has communicated this to coach Mike McCarthy.
As a Vikings fan, I can't lose! Either Favre returns and I get to see Jared Allen plant him in the not-so-frozen tundra on September 8 or the uncertainty around Favre's future plans disrupts the Packers' training camp and slows the development of heir-apparent Aaron Rodgers.
Thanks, Brett. I might have to take back some of the bad things I've said about you over the years.
Posted at 4:10 PM on July 2, 2008
by Chris Dall
As most observers of the Twins have pointed out, the new faces acquired over the winter have been a mixed bag. Mike Lamb has shown why he's always been a part-time player, Adam Everett has been hurt, and Delmon Young has been underwhelming (although he's starting to heat up).
On the face of it, Craig Monroe's stats might indicate that he hasn't been of much use to the Twins. He's hitting .218/.278/.451, he's got a strikeout-to-walk ratio of about 4-1, and he hasn't hit lefties as he's supposed to (6-for-58).
But Monroe has hit some big home runs this year, including a game-tying shot against Kansas City in May, and last night's 3-run shot against his former team. He now has 8 in 133 at bats, putting him third on the team behind Morneau and Kubel in that category. And that's what I like about having him on this team. He gives the Twins a power threat off the bench, something they haven't had in several years. If the Twins can stay in the AL Central race, his presence means they won't have to go out and trade for a bat. Of course, they wouldn't do that anyway, but you get my drift. My only fear is that another team might want him for that very reason, and the Twins, looking to dump salary, will trade him for Drew Butera's younger brother.
Parting shots, part 2
Speaking of Drew Butera, the man he was traded for is having a rough time in New York. Signed to a mind-numbing 4-year, $24 million deal in the offseason, Luis Castillo has been a shadow of his former self. While his offensive numbers aren't awful (.261/.365 with 42 runs scored), his defense has been subpar, and his aching knees make him seem about 5 years older than his actual age. Add to that his at times less-than-stellar effort, and you have a bubbling cauldron of discontent working among Mets fans. Given what we're seeing from Alexi Casilla this year, the Castillo trade isn't looking so bad anymore.