Wells has comedy timing
Keeping teammates in stitches is a vital role on a tightly-knit ballclub, and this is a team with natural comics and jesters -- David Wells, Maddux, Cla Meredith, Brian Giles and brother Marcus -- capable of lightening the mood.
"Some guys who are funny do it at the wrong time," Black said. "The thing about David, from what I've seen, is he'll know when the time is right to be himself. He wouldn't have played this long if there wasn't a seriousness to him, a passion for the game.
This was perfect timing, because it's always the right time to butt burp on your teammates.
All the left fielders have reported to camp
Padres manager Bud Black said he wasn't surprised that the main competitors for left field - Sledge, Jack Cust and Paul McAnulty - were already in camp.
"Some guys sense a challenge," Black said. "The guy wants to get acclimated, wants to get going and do whatever he can to be ready."
Bochy can't wait for Bonds to arrive at camp
At the front of Bochy's mind are the tape-measure shots that Bonds hit against San Diego over the past decade, including one off Dennis Tankersley that banged off the scoreboard at Qualcomm Stadium.
'It was the longest home run I've ever seen,' Bochy said. 'Two pitchers high-fived Tankersley when he came in.'
Bochy and Flan are keeping things loose. They are also looking to tweak Uncle Barry's delivery.
Linebrink to the Red Sox? The Red Sox need a closer and since Linebrink has been offered in every other trade, why not this one?
Update [2007-2-19 13:25:46 by jbox]:
Oh and A-Rod is finally talking about his painful breakup with Jeter. Kinda makes you wonder if true love really exists.
"The reality is there's been a change in the relationship over 14 years and, hopefully, we can just put it behind us," Rodriguez said. "You go from sleeping over at somebody's house five days a week, and now you don't sleep over. It's just not that big of a deal."