The Hawks have lost two straight. The Braves have lost seven straight. I think it’s time to lighten things up a little, don’t you?
So here’s our first “Sunshine Blog” — three things to feel happy about!
1. A Falcons’ receiver has some moves! (Kinda, sorta.)
The Falcons need a strong second receiver behind Roddy White. I’m not sure if Ryan Wolfe is the answer but at least we know he can dance a little.
Wolfe, who was signed as an undrafted free agent this week, led UNLV in receiving last year with 74 receptions for 760 yards and two touchdowns. More importantly, he and a UNLV teammate appeared in this ESPN/Kenny Mayne comedy short with Justin Timberlake last October.
In the bit, Timberlake is teaching potential NFL players to brush up on their entertainment skills for teams’ traditional rookie shows in training camp. Wolfe is No. 88.
2. Frank Wren made the right on Javier Vazquez!
As many problems as the Braves have had, Wren’s decision to re-sign Tim Hudson and deal Javier Vazquez to the New York Yankees was the right call, even if what came back for Vazquez (Melky Cabrera and prospect Arodys Vizcaino) isn’t much for a front-line starter who went 15-10 with a 2.87 ERA last year.
Hudson has looked strong since coming back from surgery late last season and this year is 1-1 with a 3.28 ERA in four starts, with opponents hitting .233. Vazquez is 1-3 with a 9.00 ERA with opponents hitting .309, and he is being booed at Yankee Stadium (which, granted, doesn’t put him in exclusive company).
He also was thrown under the bus by former pitcher Curt Schilling, who referenced Vazquez’ first time as a Yankee. “It is easier to pitch and be successful in the National League than it is the American League,” Schilling said on a New York radio station. “If anyone thinks that Javier Vazquez is going to be different the second time around than he was the first time I think they are fooling themselves.”
More Schilling: “I never ever thought the move to New York the first time was a good one [for Vazquez]. And I didn’t think this [move] was good as well. I don’t think he suddenly learned how to pitch when he went back to Atlanta and dealt last year. He’s a phenomenal National League pitcher. It’s hard to say this without sounding disrespectful and I don’t mean it that way — the National League is an easier league to pitch in, period. And some guys aren’t equipped to get those same outs in the American League, and he’s one of those guys.”
3. Dwyane Wade almost officially can be yours (for a price)!
It doesn’t seem likely the Hawks, should they choose not to re-sign Joe Johnson in free agency, would have a strong shot at signing Dwyane Wade. But Wade may have played his final game with the Miami Heat Tuesday night.
Miami was eliminated by Boston and Wade is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Wade on his future: “I have no control over that. I hope it doesn’t end, but I really have no say-so.”
Wade is said to be leaning toward staying in Miami but he clearly is putting the onus on management to fix the team: “We’ve got some work to do, the front office has to do it, and there’s no pressure on me.”
So, do you have you sunny thoughts on D-Wade?