Phil Hughes threw a lot cut fastballs today, the pitch he was working diligently on in the minors. In retrospect, he said, he should have thrown his curveball more.
“I was throwing strikes but not enough quality strikes,” he said.
The 33-pitch first inning, he admitted, wore him out a bit. But he battled and sort of did his job. Hughes get another start next week then report to Arizona for another 40 innings or so. I realize some people are down on Hughes but it’s way too early to give up a 22-year-old guy who has been injured and was rushed to the majors.
A-Rod said his swing has been out of whack until the home run. That he went to right field is a good sign for him.
This was kind of funny. The assembled media was waiting for Alex near his locker. Then PR dude Jason Zillo suggested we wait in the middle of the clubhouse, where there is a little more room. Then Alex emerged from wherever he was and decided to stand in front of Xavier Nady’s locker. So we all shifted over there and asked our questions.
So who comes out of the shower clad only in a towel? Xavier Nady. (Easy, ladies).
X surveys the scene and says, “Why is A-Rod in front of my locker?”
A-Rod kept chatting, so Xavier went in the players lounge and watched ESPN.