Leah, it’s bad. There’s an update on the ajc site. Multiple facial fractures, possible damage to an eye, and he was unconscious for about 20 minutes. There was a period when they were in the dugout where players, coaches, and trainers feared he might be dead. The doctors have ruled out brain damage. Scary stuff. My thoughts and prayers are with the Salazar family.
Steve, I was listening as it happened but had to stop shortly after. They were just describing what was going on between players and coaches, who was talking to whom, what Mac’s demeanor was like…that kinda stuff. They said McLouth was immediately waving for the medics when it happened and later talked about how when Fredi G was describing the event to Tony L he was pointing to his mouth/lower jaw area. The game literally mattered to no one at that point. There was no talk of anything but what was taking place. I hate it happened to anyone but I just knew it was going to be Heyward or Freeman or one of the starting pitchers. Is it bad to say I was relieved it wasn’t one of them?
Steve, it was pretty crazy. I thought Jim Powell did an exceptional job, if that’s even possible under those circumstances. The only thing we knew was that it wasn’t Mac, Gonzo, Chip, Uggla, or McLouth. I’m really glad to hear that he has been able to communicate to his family and team personnel at the hospital. That really is an excellent sign. I hope McCann is doing alright. You know he has got to be beating himself up over this. I’m surprised this doesn’t happen more often, especially in the Spring when they cram so many into those dugouts. It was even crazier when Uggla was the next batter and he ripped one that almost went into the Cards’ dugout.
Rained all night in Orlando – 1 inch at my house on the east side of town. But it stopped raining when I left to go the stadium and it held off the rest of the day. Murph took out the lineup card again today. Tom Glavin did it yesterday.
Great pitching by the entire staff holding the Cardinals to just 1 run in 9 innings. No Pujols today, but we did get Holliday. DLowe did a great job getting out of trouble twice in situations set up by errors on the field (Mather playing for Chipper in the 1st & Freeman booted a sure DP ball in the 4th.) DLowe gave up 0 runs, 2 hits, 1 walk on 56 pitches (39 strikes, 17 balls) in 4 innings. The rest of the staff also pitched well especially Abreu and Teheran. Martinez gave up the one run (started by hitting a batter), but he should have gotten out of the inning when Freemen dropped a low throw from Uggla that would have ended the inning on a DP.
Prado had a great day – legged out two infield hits, and basically generated our first run with his running ability in the 1st. He also made a great running catch in the 5th that saved a run. David Ross (catching in place of Mac) made a great play in the 4th catching a runner off the bag at 1st to end the inning with the tying run at 3th. The way he looked the runner at 3rd while keeping the runner caught between 1st & 2nd in his sights was masterful! Jay-Hey came up with the big hit, a double, to start the rally in the 8th and it was great to see J.C. Boscan drive in the lead & ultimately winning run. I have to say I’m really impressed with Wilkin Ramirez. He played center field today. Had good discipline at the plate drawing a walk in the 5th and stole two bases. I’ve now seen him play three positions (catch, 1st & center.) Frank & Fredi are going to have to think long and hard about him.
Glad to win this one. It felt like we were blowing our chances to score and you just knew that the Cards would fine a way to push another run across. Whew!
One last comment about yesterday’s incident by Coach Salazar. Frank Wren was right on when he praised the emergency folks at Disney. Security was on the scene within a minute and the stadium paramedics were by Coach Salazar within three minutes. Mike, the usher on our aisle which is the main access route to the field, kept it clear for all these folks to get to the critical areas. DOB likes to make fun of “Dark Star.” I get it – the place is expensive and squeaky clean. But I hate to think what might have happened to Coach Salazar at any other facility. There I said it.
My son got overheated when we were at Disney. I got him back to the room where he proceeded to be very ill (no details necessary). I called the front desk and within 3 minutes two “customer care” staff members were there and within 10 minutes the ambulance was there (led by a 3rd “customer care” staffer). They all walked with the gurney, stood and watched as they loaded my son and we drove away. The best part? Mickey covered the bill. Not even kidding. Obviously our insurance paid the hospital bill but the ride was all on Mickey.
Steve – Sorry it took so long to reply but my internet was terrible yesterday (overloaded due to earthquake I guess.)
Linkbrink pitched OK. 0 runs, 1 hit, 1 SB on 19 pitches (7 strikes, 6 balls) in an inning. He started the inning with a flyout to short left field. Next a single between 3rd & SS. The runner then stole 2nd base. Next came the key play of the inning, a line drive that Alex Gonzelez speared over his head for the 2nd out. Linebrink closed out the inning with another flyout to short left.
FYI – Did not attend today’s game against the Mets.