As a service to travelers, I have a warning. Your suitcase can grow in height. Really.
When I left Dayton for Washington on Airtran, my suitcase was fine. Passed muster and inspection.
Then this morning, the Airtran agent in Baltimore says, “That’s an extra $29.” I checked the scale and it said 47.5 pounds - well under the 50-pound limit.
“What for?” I asked.
“Your bag is oversized, two inches too tall,” she said.
So my bag grew two inches in three days in Washington. Amazing. I didn’t argue. I paid my $29.
While the Reds were on the road, a columnist wrote that the trouble with the Reds is the leather chairs and couches in the clubhouse and they should be removed and replaced with upright chairs.
That raised the dander of clubhouse Rick Stowe.
“Let’s see, Tampa Bay has couches in the clubhouse,” he said. “Milwaukee has couches in the clubhouse. The Chicago Cubs have recliner chairs all over the clubhouse. So I guess if you are in first place you can have couches and recliners. But if you’re in last place, you can’t have them?”
It does seem a bit ludicrous. I mean, I can’t recall the last time I saw a couch hit a home run or get picked off second base.
HOMER BAILEY still can’t get over his appearance two starts ago against Colorado when he gave up 15 hits - 14 singles one double and one walk in 4 2/3 innings.
“Fourteen singles,” said Bailey. “Seems like if anybody can do that, I can. Dick Pole (pitching coach) told me he has been in the game 40 years and never saw anything like that. I said I’ve been in the game four years and never saw anything like that.”
Speaking of couches, they didn’t take one out of Dusty Baker’s office, they put a new one in, “And I didn’t ask for it,” he said. “But (GM) Walt Jocketty likes it.”
About that time Baker spotted two quarters between the cushions, pocketed them and said, “Thanks, Walt. When I was a kid, my dad had a recliner and every time he got up and left the room I ran to it and dug out all the change.”
WHO DO YOU think should have been NL Player of the Month for July? Adam Dunn hit .310 with 12 homers and 26 RBIs. Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun hit .366 with nine homers and 23 RBIs.
Yeah, Braun won. Not only that, Milwaukee pitcher CC Sabathia was named NL Pitcher of the Month, “And the Brewers didn’t get him until July 5,” said Milwaukee writer Tom Haudricourt. But he was 5-0 for the Brewers.
A break for the Reds? During these three games against the Brewers they face neither Sabathia nor Ben Sheets. Of course, they face Dave Bush (5-9, 4.69) Tuesday and they’ll probably make him look like Walter Johnson.
WITH LEFT-HANDER Manny Parra (9-4, 3.93) on the mound Monday, Baker had an interesting lineup — Edwin Encarnacion batting third, Jolbert Cabrera playing right and batting sixth and Jay Bruce back in center field and batting seventh.
“This kid is tough, tough on left-handers, a tough little pitcher,” Baker said of Parra. “Young and good. And he isn’t far from where I’m from, just down the street actually.
“Trying to get some right-handers in there,” Baker added. “Bruce is going to hit third most of the time and third against some lefties, but I thought it would be better to put Eddie third against this kid, especially the way Eddie hits lefties.”
Is Bruce a No. 3 now or a No. 3 later?
“Depends on how he handles it and I think he can handle it big-time,” said Baker. “It’s now or later, but you have to find out sometime. You protect him sometimes against some lefties, like this guy.”
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go check my laptop computer bag to make sure it isn’t growing.Tweet