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Early indications and overreactions

Posted by Chad Finn, Globe Staff  April 9, 2009 05:12 PM

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6. Is it wrong that every time I hear that ubiquitous "Dengue fever" commercial on the radio, I wonder, "Hmmm, I wonder at what point this season J.D. Drew will come down with that?" It is wrong, right?

7. If you didn't already root for supremely talented, supremely complicated Royals pitcher Zack Greinke (subject of the most optimistic-bordering-on-fawning player profiles in Baseball Prospectus I can recall), then you will after reading this outstanding feature in the KC Star. The writer: Posnanski, of course. Greinke is a special talent, and it was encouraging to see that his first start of the season went so well.

8. Maybe it's because I have kids of my own now and my perspective has shifted in my old age, but whenever tragedy befalls a young person, my thoughts quickly turn to the parents, and I can't help but wonder how they will ever find the reservoir of strength to cope with such cruel fate and heartbreak. So it was both touching and terribly sad to learn yesterday that Nick Adenhart's father had spent much of the morning alone in the Angels' clubhouse, grieving at his son's locker. I can't comprehending going from such a prideful high -- watching your 22-year-old son pitch the best game of his young career -- to the most unimaginable low in a matter of hours. The poor family.

9. As for today's Completely Random Baseball Card:

We don't put much stock in curses around these parts anymore, but even we have to admit that if the "Angels Curse" doesn't exist, the franchise has at the very least had a history of horrific misfortune and tragedy that extends well beyond the logical. I've written often about Lyman Bostock, the gifted, engaging outfielder gunned down in his prime. Adenhart is among an unusually high number of Angels through the years to die in an automobile accident. Perhaps the most promising was Mike Miley, a former star quarterback at LSU who was considered the Angels' version of Robin Yount. It was expected that Miley and a young second baseman named Jerry Remy would be double-play partners for years to come, but Miley was killed in crash on Jan. 6, 1977, at age 23.

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