A run of the mill notes column yesterday, with this thrown in:
The Reds have let teams know that they will wait and see whether they need to move Aaron Harang during the season. Harang is scheduled to make $12.5 million next season and $12.75 million with a $2 million buyout for 2011. After going 34-23 with a 3.68 ERA from the start of the 2006 season until he made his four-inning relief stint on two days’ rest on May 15, 2008, he went 4-11, 5.88. “Aaron’s been OK this spring, because he battles so hard,” one scout said. “But the life on the ball he runs in on left-handed batters isn’t the same.”
I just love the passing reference to the two days’ rest thing. It’s the sort of thing a lesser writer — like me and every other self-important overreacting blogger out there — would pound on for a week, casting all sorts of implied and not-so-implied aspersions on Reds’ management in the most intemperate of terms.
Gammons, though: cool and concise, and just passive aggressive enough to add some pointed commentary to the note. Indeed, that half a sentence, coming from a guy like him, is far more damning than all of the wind a guy like me could bluster. Gammons has seen it all in this game and knows that there’s no sense in going crazy. It’s that kind of thing, I suspect, that keeps a guy from getting burned out over the course of a seven month season and seemingly interminable offseason.
Of the wishes I have for my own writing, chief among them is to one day have the discipline and ability to make the necessary point with an economy of words and the perspective that is due. I doubt I’ll ever get there — I love these little set-off clauses and ego-driven verbal gymnastics far too much — but we all have to shoot for something.