Diamonds and Ice

Casual observations
May 20, 2008, 6:23 pm
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A few thoughts that came to this empty mind while he’s watching the Cedar Rapids Kernels play a Tuesday afternoon game:

— If you’re an Iowa State basketball fan, how concerned are you about head coach Greg McDermott? The Cyclones suffered yet another blow Monday when outstanding young forward Wesley Johnson announced his intention to transfer. If you’re counting at home, that’s six McDermott recruits that have transferred out of the program in two years. McDermott was considered one of the bright young coaches in America with what he did at Northern Iowa, but his star has seemed to lose quite a bit of its brightness.

And before you start making too fun much of ISU’s woes, Iowa Hawkeye fans, just remember Tony Freeman.

— I’ve never seen so many broken bats in minor league and major league games than I have so far this season. Not sure of the reason. Could be that bat handles are too thin for bat heads. Guys want skinny handles to be able to whip the bat quicker through the strike zone. But the bat heads are too big to support the skinny handles. Maybe it’s just the fact that some bats are being made from Maple wood instead of Ash.

— Los Angeles Angels general manager Tony Reagins is in town to watch the Cedar Rapids Kernels play. No one wants the Kernels to partner with another major league organization more than I do, but you’ve got to admit it’s a classy gesture when the major league GM takes the time out of his busy schedule to travel to Iowa. Reagins is in his first season as Angels general manager after a stint as the club’s farm director and has always seemed to be a good guy.

— Former Kernels infielder Alexi Casilla hit his first major league home run Monday night for the Minnesota Twins. It was a three-run shot to boot.

— Former Cedar Rapids Xavier and University of Iowa standout Travis Sweet has been assigned by the Houston Astros to their low-Class A affiliate in Salem, Va. Sweet, who was in extended spring training, went 2-for-4 in his first game with the Avalanche.

— So Jason Giambi told a New York City newspaper that he and Derek Jeter wear gold thongs during games to break out of batting slumps. If you’re a New York Yankees hater like me, that’s some golden ammunition.