Jim & Bob's Palatial Baseball Blog

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Gimme an "S," Gimme an "A,"...

What does it spell?


Longest surname in MLB history. You're going to be seeing around for a while; this kid is pretty good.

The reasons behind his promotion by the Braves today are explanations as to why catchers have shorter careers than most players and why they don't lead the league in too many batting categories. In last night's game with the Phillies, starting catcher Brian McCann was hit on the glove by a swing, re-injuring a finger he had hurt the same way a couple of weeks earlier. Brayan Pena replaced him, and later was hit on the top of his helmet by Greg Dobbs' backswing. Pena went on the DL today with "concussion-related symptoms." I'm no doctor, not even Phillip Rogers, but I'm guessing that means he has a concussion.

Whatever the reason, I'm glad to see him reach the majors, because I like saying, "Saltalamacchia." If only Harry Caray had lived to see this day.


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