Six can be an historic baseball number. On uniforms, number 6 has been retired for five players and two managers: Johnny Pesky (Red Sox), Steve Garvey (Padres), Stan Musial (Cardinals), Al Kaline (Tigers), and Tony Oliva (Twins) are the players; Bobby Cox (Braves) and Joe Torre (Yankees) are the managers. In postseason competition, Game Six can be historic heaven or heartbreak, depending on whose side you’re on.
How much does it hurt to go from pennant-winning hero to gone in what’ll seem like a blink soon enough? Travis Ishikawa is about to find out the hard way.
He’s going back to the Pirates the same way he left them in the first place last season, a waiver claim. The Giants, his first organisation, picked him off the waiver wire a year ago April and got better than they’d bargained for last October. Now the Pirates have taken him back, after the Giants designated him for assignment Friday.
Bobby Valentine’s bicycle seems to spend more time backpedaling than anything else when he’s aboard. And he has no better sense of direction than when he’s trying to pedal forward.
A few days ago, when a reporter had the audacity to ask in which if any areas the Red Sox needed improvement, Valentine delivered yet another remark the kind that has Red Sox Nation and Red Sox critics alike wondering when, not if, Valentine gets pinked. Not because he’s wrong, necessarily, but because he has a need, apparently insatiable, to take the low road, implying he can do nothing much past playing what he’s been dealt.