Friday, June 11, 2010

Uncle Cito drops another "WTF" bomb

I haven't been over the blog-roll this morning so I don't know whether anyone else has picked up on or commented on this but I just can't resist calling attention to it.

On the Blue Jays official site, they have the news notes for the day yesterday and you can find the post here.

The first blurb is about Overbay's adjustment which has led to his recent quality work at the plate (which is good to hear) and the second tell you what you by-now already know about John McDonald's being put on the bereavement list. But it's the third item which fascinates me. I'll quote it here for your consideration and ask the class to identify what's wrong with it:

David Purcey continues to look strong coming out of the bullpen, and he could become the go-to reliver late in games.

In Wednesday's 10-1 loss to the Rays, the 28-year-old left-hander tossed two scoreless innings after pitching a scoreless frame the night before.

"I tell you, he's probably had just one bad outing since he's been up here" Gaston said. "He's probably had one bad outing all year, including Spring Training. He cut his finger during the spring, and that took away the curveball. He had to just throw fastball, changeup -- and that's been big for him, because now he has that changeup to go to."

In three appearances this season, Purcey has allowed just three hits in four innings, while dealing three strikeouts and no walks.

Did you catch that? Everyone with me? I'm tempted to just assume you are but just in case, I'll point it out:

I tell you, he's probably had just one bad outing since he's been up here" Gaston said. "He's probably had one bad outing all year, including Spring Training. He cut his finger during the spring, and that took away the curveball. He had to just throw fastball, changeup -- and that's been big for him, because now he has that changeup to go to."

The Problem? It wasn't Purcey who cut his finger, it was Cecil.

Insert big-ass eye-roll smilie here.

These are the days of our Cito. Still, as long as they keep winning this stuff becomes nothing but eccentricity, but it does make you wonder.

Anywho, as long as I'm talking about Purcey let me just offer up the totally irrational and based on nothing but personal bias opinion that if I got my wish, Purcey would build up enough of a track record over the coming months that by August he'd be given the closing role and would run away from the pack and lock it down for the coming few years. I'm just attached enough to high draft picks that I hate to see any of them fail or even settle for mediocrity. he was a first rounder, damnit, and I want to see him play a key role. Screw using mediocre imports like Kevin Gregg.

9 comments:

Chill said...

uugghhh. How much longer must we endure The Manager?

I also read somewhere that he expects Drabek to be with the big club at some point this season. Has anyone with a little less senility backed that up yet?

Cook said...

That seems to be more of an error in the flow of the article than Cito mixing up Percy and Cecil. Nothing in the quote actually references Percy

Ian H. said...

Cook, for our sake I hope Cito was talking about Cito, but the way he has openly confused players in the past (Accardo for Janssen) I wouldn't be surprised if Cito did confuse Purcey for Cecil.

That's our Cito!

jerkstore said...

Yeah I'd have to believe it's an error in the article. he is clearly referring to Cecil.

The Southpaw said...

I disagree. There is NOTHING in the article either about Cecil in particular, or about starting pitching in general. there's no context in which one could shoe-horn Cecil into the blurb and make it make sense.

The Ack said...

Cito never makes those mistakes. Right, Jeremy Accardo?

jaysbalk said...

The only reason I'm led to believe he's actually talking about Cecil is because he mentions the one bad outing. If Purcey has a 0.00 ERA, and has only 3 appearances, then none of them would be a bad one. Cecil, on the other hand, did have one bad outing. The quote was likely taken out of context.

But if you're right, that's just unfortunate...

The Southpaw said...

a valid point - but if that's the case someone needs to have a small talk with the writer because that's some serious butchery.

Albeit, given the number of other ways Cito has made mistakes like this (i.e. not remembering who pitched in the eighth inning of a just completed game) I wouldn't totally assume it wasn't just him randomly mixing things he knows about two different players.

andré said...

I saw that Cito quote in another article--I wish I could tell you where--and it was definitely regarding Cecil.