Did anyone read commissioner Bud Selig's statement regarding Barry Bonds' 755th home run? It's quite moving. And definitely straight from the heart.
"Congratulations to Barry Bonds as he ties Major League Baseball's home run record. No matter what anybody thinks of the controversy surrounding the event, Mr. Bonds' achievement is noteworthy and remarkable.
"As I said previously, out of respect for the tradition of the game, the magnitude of the record and the fact that all citizens in this country are innocent until proven guilty, either I or a representative of my office will attend the next few games and make every attempt to observe the breaking of the all-time home run record."
Someone pass me a Kleenex.
Anybody else sense that Bud's excitement level is somewhere below the Mendoza line?
Melvin Mora is expected to come off the disabled list today, which means either Luis Hernandez or Brandon Fahey is headed to Triple-A Norfolk. Hernandez should be playing every day, which would make him the obvious choice to be sent down – except the Orioles never considered Fahey for the utility job in spring training because they wanted him playing every day.
Nice pitching matchup tonight in Norfolk, where Garrett Olson (9-6, 2.95 ERA) opposes Indianapolis' Bryan Bullington (10-5, 4.03 ERA). Perhaps this will be Olson's final start in the minors before replacing Brian Burres in the rotation. He's 2-0 with a 0.43 ERA since being optioned.
Burres could go the bullpen and Kurt Birkins could return to Norfolk. But somebody would have to work up the nerve to tell Birkins, who must live out of his suitcase these days.