Saturday, March 15, 2008


At first glance, Ian Snell and Phil Dumatrait seem to have nothing in common.

Except they are teammates and somehow friends.

"It just kind of happened," Dumatrait said. "He's just one of those guys you get along with, you know."

Snell, about to begin his third full season in the rotation, is from Delaware. Dumatrait, who hopes to begin his first season with the Pirates, is from California.

Snell is a right-handed pitcher, Dumatrait is a left-hander.

I could give you a million guesses as to who wrote that as a lead in to an article today, but you'd only need one. I mean, is it seriously surprising that players from different backgrounds are friends in an international sport like baseball? Did anyone else get all shocked an offended when they read the first paragraph/sentence thingy, simply assuming that Meyer was referring to the fact that Snell is black and Dumatrait is white? Does anyone else kind of feel like that was implied by the introduction, anyways? Has Paul Meyer just watched one too many buddy cop movies? I am full of questions today.