Today marks the 14th anniversary of David Wells' perfect game, which remains the best sporting event I've ever attended. Before we get to the usual fantasy news, here's an excerpt of my blog post from the 10th anniversary of the game on May 17, 2008. I hope you like it.
... it (also) represented what I love most about baseball - you never know when something great is going to happen, or who's going to make it happen. In basketball, if someone is going to have an all-time game, you know it's going to be someone like Kobe or LeBron or D-Wade. In football, the Giants recently pulled a shocker, but it was the Super Bowl - it's supposed to be exciting. (Ed. note: Who knew that would happen again?)
Wells' gem came on a random Sunday afternoon against the Twins. My friend Cogs and his fiancee (now wife) Monica were going to be in town for my cousin's wedding the day before, and he had asked me to pick up tickets. The three of us, along with our friend J.D., got to the game a little late, expecting to sit down for a few beers on a relaxing day. In the fourth inning, we knew Wells hadn't allowed any hits, and we asked the guy in front of us if he had walked anyone. He turned to us with a grin and said, "Nope."
After that, I felt like I was watching the best suspense thriller ever made - it kept building and building and building. After every out, we'd look at each other but not say anything, because we weren't going to be the ones to jinx it. By the eighth inning, I watched a few pitches while mostly covering my eyes. I honestly can't imagine a sporting event - or any other form of entertainment, for that matter - being so exhiliarating. Whenever I see Wells criticized for being a drunk or a lout, I smile and remember the history I witnessed thanks to him.
One more note: Cogs lived in San Francisco for awhile. Being such a big fan, he kept the game ticket in his wallet (and probably still does). A few years after the game, a friend of his happened to be on a work visit to Macy's in Union Square and spotted Wells. He called Cogs, who tore out of his office and got to Macy's within minutes. Out of breath, Cogs found Wells and asked him to sign the ticket. Wells looked at the ticket before signing and said, "You really carry this thing around with you?"
Rick Porcello didn't help us much last night, dropping the streaming starter record to 29-15. Today's pick is Edinson Volquez (owned in 11.9 percent of FOXSports.com leagues) against the Dodgers, while tomorrow's is Washington's underrated Edwin Jackson (21 percent owned) against the Orioles.
On to the news:
- Blue Jays 3B Brett Lawrie received a four-game suspension for hitting an umpire with a helmet on Tuesday, but filed an appeal. It seems unlikely that Lawrie will win the appeal, and one Toronto scribe suspects that he'll drop the appeal prior to the weekend series against the Mets, meaning that he'd be out of action Friday through Monday. If you own Lawrie, try to keep an eye on his status as often as you can on Friday.
- Phillies SP Vance Worley is on the DL, but an MRI showed no structural damage to his elbow. Hopefully, he'll miss just a few weeks.
- With Tigers closer Jose Valverde day-to-day due to a back strain, Jim Leyland says that we can look for Joaquin Benoit to get the save opportunity if one presents itself today.
- Tigers OF Austin Jackson is day-to-day due to an abdominal strain, and we shouldn't expect to see him today.
- There are eight afternoon games today, with the 12:05 p.m. ET Mariners-Indians slugfest getting things started. Set your lineups accordingly.
- Twins C/OF Ryan Doumit is headed to the DL with a calf strain. Speedy Ben Revere has been recalled to take Doumit's roster spot, and could get some playing time when Joe Mauer is behind the plate.
- Rockies 3B Chris Nelson is on the DL with a sore wrist. Since Nelson wasn't hitting much, this isn't a big loss for his remaining fantasy owners.
- Rays' infielder Will Rhymes is day-to-day after getting hit in the arm by a pitch, and then passing out, on Wednesday. Check out this video of the incident, which must of looked really scary when it happened.
- D-backs SP Daniel Hudson seems to be tracking toward a May 26 or 27 return from the DL. We should know more after Hudson makes a rehab start on Monday.
- Hudson's teammate, OF Chris Young, hit a home run in a minor-league game last night, and has a chance to come off the DL this weekend.
- Attention, Aroldis Chapman owners: Dusty Baker doesn't plan to remove your guy from his setup role anytime soon.
- Royals 2B Chris Getz left Wednesday's game with a bruised rib, and won't start today. Johnny Giavotella, you're up!
- Speaking of the Royals, check out Felipe Paulino's line from last night. It's early, but in three starts since coming off the DL, Paulino has a 1.93 ERA, a 1.13 WHIP, and 21 strikeouts against five walks in 18 2/3 innings. Control was Paulino's biggest issue entering the season, and if he's solved that problem, he's got the stuff to be pretty good.
- The status for Ivan Nova's Saturday start might not be decided until, um, Saturday. Sorry.
- A's 3B Brandon Inge is probably headed to the DL with a groin injury.
- This Padres' update suggests that Carlos Quentin's return date is still up in the air, and notes that Cory Luebke is trying - probably in vain - to avoid Tommy John surgery.
- Cardinals OF Allen Craig is day-to-day after being removed from Wednesday's game with a hamstring injury. Read this article for an idea of how well Craig has been hitting over the last two seasons.
- An interleague weekend is on tap. Your list of designated hitters who will probably sit in National League parks includes Adam Dunn, Kendrys Morales and David Ortiz.
See you back here tomorrow morning.