The morning after collapsing outside the clubhouse, unable to walk, Francisco Rodriguez arrived Sunday at Fenway Park towing his own luggage. That was the first sign of Rodriguez's speedy recovery from severe back spasms.
"I'm a lot better," Rodriguez said. "They went away and I'm feeling pretty good."
Great news for the Mets. Thank goodness the team didn't need Rodriguez today. A 12-5 loss to the BoSox will doo that.
--On another note, I will once again retire from making day-to-day baseball predictions. Two weeks ago on 'The Replacements', I announced my retirement. This past week on the show, I coaxed myself into stepping back into the spotlight, only to be shown the door once again.
I stated that the Yankees then 9-game winning streak would continue through the weekend series with the Phillies. New York dropped two of three.
I also said that I'd rather have Jeremy Reed playing than Gary Sheffield this weekend in Boston. Sheff went 3 of 9 with a homer, 3 RBIs, 4 runs and 3 walks. Reed hit .250 with 1 RBI and 1 run.
On the other hand, my long term predictions seem to be shaping up. How about Omir Santos' game-winning homer over the Green Monster on Saturday night? It'll be near impossible for Brian Schneider to even have a contract by the end of this year.