Scutaro, who of course drove had six RBI in Oakland's first-round playoff win over Minnesota in 2006, in is a better hitter over McGlovin and he can kind of play shortstop. It's great for Ricciardi, who probably doesn't mind having a modestly talented paisan around, someone that he can live vicariously through. Scutaro could either become a folk hero or by mid-season he'll be viewed as the poor man's Frank Menechino.
(By the way, T.K., this is written with total awareness that Scutaro was born in Venezuela and played for that country internationally, but his father is Italian.)
Sadly, it was c'est la vie in the weekend of Toronto sports...
- The Raptors lost wearing their Italian flag jerseys;
- Chuck Swirsky punctuated a breakaway dunk by Carlos Delfino by exclaiming, "Touchdown Toronto!" ... Alas, even if the Argos had been credited with an extra touchdown, they still would have lost the playoff game to Winnipeg;
- The Leafs scored a rare win over the Senators on Saturday night, so naturally, the Marlies lost for the first time in regulation all season. Fortunately, no one in Toronto actually noticed.