Thursday, May 31, 2012


Baseball players like to say when they are seeing the ball well it floats up to the plate like a beach ball and when they aren't seeing it well it arrives like a pellet from a BB gun.

Carlos Ruiz has been at the beach all Spring.

Sidelined for the last few games with a tender hamstring, Chooch came off the bench last night to hit a two-run, pinch hit homer to knot the score at three apiece en route to a 10-6 victory as the Phils took two of three from the Mets.

Ruiz has always been admired in this town since taking over the starting role.  He is considered a master handler of pitchers, a quiet field general, and a decent hitter.  In the last few years his decency has morphed into excellence   This year his excellence has morphed into "insane".

The pitchers love him.  His manager loves him.  The fans love him.  In this season of discontent and woes, he is an unalloyed pleasure.  Please, don't let us discover he has a lot of library books overdue!!!