It's bad enough that Team USA lost in the semi-finals of the WBC, but it's also Monday. Jimmy Rollins had four hits and got on base all five times at the plate in the semi-final match up with Japan on Sunday, but that wasn't enough to help the team advance as Roy Oswalt surrendered 6 runs in 3 2/3 innings, and the Americans could not catch up...losing 9-4. The rest of Team USA, not nicknamed J-Roll, went 5-for-32 (.156 avg.), in the loss.
And if the USA loss and the arrival of Monday don't have you feeling badly enough, former #1 Phillies draft pick Gavin Floyd has signed a 4-year, $15.5 million contract with the White Sox. The deal includes a 5th year team option worth $9.5 million. A change of scenery has surely proved positive for young Floyd. It's just a shame that Gavin couldn't achieve greater things in Philadelphia. We may never be sure why Gavin never developed well as a Phillie, and only time will tell if he can steadily be the 17-win/Sub-4 ERA pitcher that he was last season...but I must say that I can't help but feel a tad bitter when a guy stinks it up in red pin stripes, then moves on to become successful in another city.
Craving more weak news? The news of the day in baseball is Curt Schilling's retirement. Schill announced his retirement today, on his own blog. Sure, Curt hasn't been a Phillie in years, and yes, he moved on and helped Terry Francona win a World Series elsewhere. But Schilling has always been a Philadelphia guy to me, and I will not hesitate to admit that when Schilling wasn't facing our Phillies, I'd always root for him. Good luck, Schill and congratulations on a great career.
More of the Mondays...Lou Marson and Brad Harman were optioned to the minors today. Kyle Kendrick lost his battle for the 5th starter role. He was also demoted to the minors.