Kendrys Watch: Things More Likely to Happen Before Morales Returns to the Lineup
|This could be you (again) Brandon Wood!|
Thankfully, this spring, the will he/won't he arguments have finally started to fade out when it comes to Wood. It's clear the Angels are starting to see the answer that's been right in front of them for the better part of two seasons now: he won't.
Wood had some good showings this offseason--over about a week span in the middle of March, the struggling infielder hit seven-for-20 with two home runs, a triple and double. Impressive, but even his usually solid spring numbers have dropped off this year.
Worse for Wood is that the Angels are all set at every position he could potentially fill--Trumbo at first, Howie Kendrick at second, Marcier Izturis at third, Eric Aybar at shortstop and with Alberto Callaspo filling in--so he's been relegated to a distant back up on the Opening Day roster.
The most likely outcome for Wood's career with the Angels? He's done. The Halos just have to clear waivers in order to dump him. The team could also find a buyer among rebuilding programs like the Toronto Blue Jays.
So what's more likely to happen, Kendrys coming back or Wood's time on the squad finally wrapping up? It looks like the Angels' woody for Wood has shriveled up faster than when this guy got the boot from his frat (yes, another boner/frat boy pun. You can never get too many jabs at those bros over at Kappa Sig).
|Gneiting is the fat one.|
Wait . . . that already happened. Professional sumo wrestler Kelly Gneiting finished the 26.2 mile run in 9:48:52 earlier this month. Before the race, he weighed in at exactly 400 pounds. After crossing the finish line, Gneiting slimmed down to a svelte 396.2 pounds, still enough for the people at Guinness World Records to officially declare him the fattest man to ever complete a marathon.
Gneiting told the Los Angeles Times after the race that he believes he is "one of the best athletes in the world." Now that's an only-in-America kind of statement.
Granted, more than a few of the geezers (ahem, Abreu, Torii Hunter) on the current Angels roster probably couldn't finish a marathon by themselves, and in his current condition Morales can barely run from home plate to first. So give the big guy props for actually running the whole race.