Drew’s Morning Dish — Wed., May 22

May 22, 2013 | Drew Forrester

I love how people are now assuming this is the wrong time to call-up Kevin Gausman.

Yeah, ‘cuz that Manny Machado promotion from the minors to the majors sure did backfire.

It’s this simple:  If Gausman comes up and pitches well, it’s the right move.  If he stinks, Duquette made the wrong call.

Some might point to guys like Arrieta or Britton coming up a few years back and say, “See, they came up ‘early’ and look what happened to them.”

Right…they came up, were decent at first, then showed their true colors.

Do you really think the Orioles mishandled Arrieta and Britton or do you just think they weren’t good enough to be superstars?

My guess:  They’re just decent enough to be on a major league roster – somewhere – but nothing more than that.

Personally, I’m tired of seeing re-treads like Garcia and Jurrjens get roster spots in Baltimore.  If we have to endure Kevin Gausman coming up and getting dinged up for a half-a-season, I’d rather see that than to watch a couple of guys who won’t be here next season try to somehow finish 2013 with an e.r.a under 5.00 per-game so they can latch on in Houston or Seattle for $3.2 million next year.


Well, it’s going to be very interesting to see what comes of Sergio Garcia’s “fried chicken” comment on Tuesday night in England when he was asked a question about his on-going fued with Tiger Woods.

All hell has already broken loose, naturally, and we’re about 14 hours into it.

I tend to think too much is made of stuff like this, but I also understand that there’s a long history of racial profiling that always seems to weave its way into controversies like this.

The biggest issue here might not be that Garcia said he’d serve fried chicken to Woods.  The big deal could be that Garcia is openly fueding with Woods and there will be people who focus on that as a means of claiming that Sergio meant “real harm” when he said he’d serve Tiger fried chicken.

Fuzzy Zoeller’s comment about Woods and fried chicken and collard greens back in 1997 was fueled by alcohol and stupidity, but Zoeller clearly wasn’t fueding with Tiger back then.  It was just a dumb thing to say, particularly at The Masters.

Garcia, though, will face some real scrutiny over this issue in the days to come.

If I’m Sergio, I might just come out and ask Tiger if I can caddie for him at a future tournament.

You know:  “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.”


Ever head of Erin McKeown?

Check her out.

YouTube.  Google.  Whatever you need to do.

Give her a listen.