The fascinating thing about the length of a baseball season is the narrative it forms. For six months, a group of men are essentially a family, travelling the country and playing games as the world spins around them.
Today was one of those interesting plot points, as the two flat-screen televisions in the clubhouse at Bright House Field flashed with CNN's coverage of the earthquake in Japan and a potential Tsunami headed toward Hawaii. Among the players watching the screens were native Hawaiians Shane Victorino and Dane Sardinha. At one point, third baseman Jeff Larish, a non-roster invitee who was teammates with Sardinha in Detroit, wandered over to the catcher's locker and checked in.
Neither Sardinha nor Victorino seemed too concerned. Victorino's parents house is high on a mountainside and out of harm's way. Sardinha lives about 100 yards from the ocean on the south side of Oahu, but didn't sound too alarmed about the situation.
"They'll be alright," he said with a soft smile.
First day of cuts are today. I'm sure I'll have the list for you later, but it's the usual suspects, guys who were obviously headed to Triple-A, guys like Andrew Carpenter and Drew Naylor to name two.
I'm headed to Sarasota, where the Phils are taking on the Orioles. Stay tuned for more coverage throughout the day.
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