DAYTON, Ohio — Brief and to the Point …
>> The Tuesday feature from Indianapolis is Rudy Owens. There’s also a video there, and you’ll notice he does some mugging at the beginning. That’s because Bryan Morris was egging him on.
>> Well, Bud Selig, you got what you wanted.
Or was it what the Red Sox wanted after whining about losing Josh Bell? The Pirates, one of the teams you’re still pretending to protect from economic imbalance, took the most talented player in the draft, Stanford righty Mark Appel. But instead of just engaging Scott Boras in fair talks, as they did with Pedro Alvarez, they’re now subject to all kinds of penalties if they meet the kid’s likely price.
Because that’s making things fair.
>> This column from November suddenly takes on a fresh life.
>> Agonize all you want over the next month, but know that Boras’ clients get signed.
>> Oh, and let’s not waste two seconds analyzing this kid because of the statement issued in his name last night. I’m sure Appel saw it. I’m sure he signed off. But if he wrote that, then I penned the Magna Carta.
>> If you’re confused about the new draft rules and caps, here’s a thorough explanation from Baseball America’s Jim Callis.
>> The Los Angeles Kings are just beyond belief.
This might be worth a step back for the broader picture: This is a No. 8 seed that barely qualified for a 16-team playoff, then beat — in order, the No. 1-seeded Canucks, No. 2-seeded Blues and No. 3-seeded Coyotes before taking this 3-0 lead on the Devils. They’ve been up, 3-0, in all four series so far. I don’t remember that ever happening. They’ve played two games above the minimum, and neither of those two losses meant a thing.
This just doesn’t happen.
>> Anze Kopitar is the sun, the moon and the stars. See for yourself.
>> I love the Penguins’ net gain of Tomas Vokoun, probably more than I should.
We all can get skewed by what we see with our own eyes, versus the broader picture, and my impression — before looking it up — was that Vokoun has played some very good hockey against Pittsburgh over the years. Then, upon looking it up, I found a blah 9-10-2 record, a good 2.50 GAA against the Penguins, and an excellent .937 save percentage. In fact, that last number is tied for his fourth-best against any opponent.
So, he has been good when we’ve paid the most attention.
It won’t offend me, either, to see Marc-Andre Fleury get pushed a little. Brent Johnson didn’t do that. Ty Conklin didn’t do that. And no, Brad Thiessen wasn’t about to do that. Vokoun will.
But hey, what’s the French for “soff?”
>> I’m driving down to Cincinnati today to cover the Pirates and Reds.