I can hardly believe this came from Hal's pen:
Is it the new, improved Homer?
By Hal McCoy | Thursday, June 5, 2008, 04:58 PM
What do you think?
Absolutely loved what I saw from Homer Bailey ó on the mound and in the clubhouse.
OK, so he still had his cowboy buckle and his cowboy boots (but I didnít see the Bowie knife), but if he can pitch the way he did Thursday and handle the post-game media the way he did Monday, he can wear the Emperorís clothes.
Heck, only Marty Brennaman gets on Jeff ďCowboyĒ Brantley for the color combinations he wears in suits, shirts and ties.
Bailey pitched good, man, very good. Had he not run up against a solid Cole Hamels (no runs, three hits in a 5-0 shutout), he might have won. Had he not had three unearned runs posted to his name on errors by shortstop Paul Janish, Ken Griffey Jr. and one himself, he might have won.
He gave up only four hits and two earned runs over 6 1/3 innings against a solid offensive team in a ballpark built for two - two homers a day, whether they need them or not.
Afterward, he faced the media and provided great insight and great quotes. After the way Iíve been hard and harsh on him since spring training, I approached with trepidation but he twice looked me in the eye and answered the questions.
And with a smile. Good for him. Letís hope he stays this way, stays strong on the mound, stays strong in the clubhouse and becomes another important piece to the starting rotation.
Think about it: Edinson Volquez, Aaron Harang, Johnny Cueto, Bronson Arroyo (The Good Bronson, not the Charles Bronson) and Bailey.
Things could look up considereably.