Posted by Thomas Brennan at 2:00 PM
This is a "waiting-for-the wife, quick hit" article.
"Noives, what noives"? I could picture Curley from the Three Stooges saying that (any Mack Writer who wants to add a Curley picture, feel free).
Much harder for an aspiring prospect to say that. Nerves have to affect most such guys when they get a rare chance to hit in a real spring training game with major leaguers.
But some of those who've been in games the least, through Friday, have said with bats or arms, "Noives, what Noives?"
Only time for Noives-free bats today - pitchers next time.
Here they are:
Krushin' Kevin Kaczmarski - 4 for 5
Destructive David Thompson - 3 for 3
Lambasting Luis Carpio - 2 for 4
Jammin' Jayce Boyd - 1 for 2, with 2 runs scored
Joyful John Mora - 1 for 2, triple, game-tying RBI
Bashin' Blake Tiberi - 1 for 2, a double
Laser Lee Mazzilli, 3 for 9 with a double and HR
But other guys have not yet hit when their number was called, whether due to nerves or limited at bats: Messrs Alonzo, Berrios, Carillo, Cespedes (Ricky), Cone, Oberste, Play, Sanchez, Taylor, Tebow (yes, that Tebow), and Woodmansee are a combined 0-26.
Keep trying, boys. Relax, it's just NOIVES.