Lebovitz wrote:LONELY AT THE BOTTOM
During the long rain delay Friday night, Aaron Boone was seen in the batting cage under the stands, trying to regain his swing. He loaded the pitching machine and worked alone until the game resumed. He would pick up the stray balls and reload the machine. Long-time clubhouse employees say they never before had seen a player spend a rain delay in the cage and rarely, if ever, take batting practice there without someone to caddy for him. Boone’s problem is that his swing has become too long, the result of losing the strike zone during his absence from the game. He can’t withhold his swing on bad pitches, and now he’s trying to make it more compact. The Indians are sticking with Boone at least through the end of the month, but if he remains an automatic out, they will ask his permission to assign him to Buffalo briefly in an effort to regain his confidence, similar to what the Yankees are considering with Jason Giambi. I wonder happens if they ask his permission to send him to Buffalo and he says no? What do they do with him then? If this occurs, Jhonny Peralta would move to third base and Alex Cora would play short. Another possibility is playing Ronnie Belliard at third, his winter position in the Dominican League.
It kind of invokes this sad image of a dejected Boone walking around with his head slumped picking up balls to reload the pitching machine while the "Lonely Man Theme" from the Incredible Hulk is playing (or as like to think of, the song Stewie makes Peter play on Family Guy).