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$11 million? Really?

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jan 23, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

So there’s this 34-year-old pitcher. He’s appeared in only 47 games over the last two seasons because of assorted injuries.

In those games, he has thrown 40.2 innings. He struck out 48 in those innings, which is pretty good. But he also has put 70 batters on base via hit or walk. Of the 47 hits he allowed, seven were home runs. His ERA was 5.75.

His second half last season featured only 18 innings. Traded to a contender in July, he proved to be little help as he came down with a sore shoulder 10 days later.

That pitcher is Octavio Dotel and yesterday the Chicago White Sox gave him $11 million over two years.

Now you know why the Yankees are willing to see what Jose Veras, Ross Ohlendorf and Edwar Ramirez can do. The alternative is throwing $11 million out the window.

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Thanks to everybody for the music suggestions. It’s always good to get some fresh ideas. I’ve been listening to a lot of Who and Stones lately for whatever reason.

Just found out that Bruce Springsteen and the band will be playing in Milwaukee at Harley Davidson’s anniversary festival this summer. My brother-in-law Dave and I are trying to figure out a way to go. Dave is a Harley rider and he and I have seen at least 10 Bruce shows together over the years.

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Has anybody else done this? I dropped my home telephone service today. I have a cell plan with all the minutes I need and found I was never using the phone at home. I was paying for the right to use it just in case.

So I called Verizon and that was that. The nice person on the phone half-heartedly tried to talk me out of it but I get the feeling this is happening a lot.

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This week marks one year since I had Lasik surgery on my eyes. If you’re on the fence, do it. It’s the greatest thing. I wake up able to see the clock, no looking for my glasses at night or losing contacts during the day. It improves the quality of your life.

It doesn’t hurt and within a week or two, your eyes will be perfect. Take my advice, get it done.

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