Yesterday, during the first day of the Major League Baseball Winter Meetings
at Opryland, ace reporter P.J. Tobia and I were hoping to be on hand as news of a deal involving ace pitcher Johan Santana came through. So we waited. We strained to hear what Karl Ravech was saying to Steve Phillips as they taped a segment for ESPN's Baseball Tonight
, but to no avail. And so we waited some more.
After a press conference in which my White Sox and Bruce Barry's Metropolitans announced that they'd be playing against each other in The Civil Rights Game
in Memphis on March 29, Pale Hose manager Ozzie Guillen told a gaggle of Miami reporters that Miguel Cabrera, the incredibly talented Florida third baseman who may be traded this offseason, was in "great shape" and had lost about 15 pounds. "I'd rather be Miggy's agent," Guillen said, laughing. "Fuck managing."
But really, we were waiting to hear something—anything—on the blockbuster trade front. I ran into ESPN's Buster Olney and Peter Gammons in the media work room. "What are you guys up to?" I asked. With a slow shake of his head, Olney offered, "Waiting...to hear something on the Santana deal." The whole room gave off an aura of nervous boredom, as journalists surfed the Web, blogged and milled around. "Poetry," Auden said, "makes nothing happen." Late last night on SportsCenter
, Kenny Mayne said that ESPN's top people were in Nashville to cover the action: "Even," he finished, "if it's inaction."