Indianola, Ia., native Casey Blake was traded to the Dodgers on Saturday for two prospects — triple-A pitcher Jon Meloan and Class A catcher Carlos Santanta. I generally don’t like casting off a switch-hitting catcherwith 93 RBIs (Santana). But what’s done is done and maybe Blake can help the Dodgers win the NL West. If he goes 2-for-3 every game like he did Saturday night, we’ll undoubtedly win more games 6-0. 🙂 T.J. Simers of the L.A. Times writes about the trade in his satire column. http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-simers27-2008jul27,0,7140986.column
Meloan is somewhat of an acquaintance of ours. We met him last year at an Iowa Cubs game and offered to let him hunt on Jill’s family’s land. In return, he said he would get us Dodger tickets. Jon never got to hunt in Shelby County, but he did get us some tickets to spring training games. Classy guy. Best wishes to him.
The Harlan nine lost in the state title game Saturday night 1-0. A questionable call ended the game and prevented the Cyclones from having the tying run on third base with two outs. They had a great year, though.
Dad said the Farley Hawks lost in the Cascade Tournament semifinals to Dyersville. No word on how they fared in the third-place game. Dyersville hired some hard-throwing right-hander and the Hawks couldn’t touch him, I guess.
Chicago Cubs lost a tough one yesterday, and the Brewers won to set up a tie atop the NL Central. The Cubbies have been treading water for about two months, it seems, so they better start hitting if they want to beat the Brewers. HUGE four-game series at Miller Park starting Monday between the Cubs and Brewers. If the Brewers sweep or win three of four, the Cubs might be looking at the wild card standings.