Business is Business

I have plenty of friends that work in all walks of life. They range from a chef at a swanky restaurant in Chicago, airline pilot, accountant, real estate developers and doctors solving crazy things. One guy even grows corn underground… not even kidding.

We compare notes and vent about our jobs through the ups and downs. We all have days that are routine and days you’d rather mail it in and find a beach with a swim up bar.

Yesterday was a rather chaotic day in the office to say the least. The night before, a tough loss with the walk off home run (read/hear below) but looking back that became to the least of the worries for the “boss,” Torey Lovullo.

In the past 72+ hours it all stirred up like this: Jake Westbrook lands on the disabled list with the Indians, Ben Francisco takes his spot in Cleveland, Jeremy Sowers will leave the Bisons and start for the Tribe Saturday against the Yankees on Westbrook’s day to throw. Francisco is expected to return to the Herd with Sowers moving up. So far so good until the Indians get rained out in Kansas City and played a double-dip Thursday. Insert a possible move for Aaron Laffey on Monday following a 50 pitch session in his start last night. Then you have to throw this into weekly TPS report: Sean Smith is deemed healthy (after four starts?) and is officially traded to Colorado to complete the deal from December. Then Jason Stanford walks into the Bisons clubhouse.

We’ve heard the “company line” before, “that’s why Big League clubs have their Triple-A teams ready at a moments notice for things like this. Their role is to keep the best possible options to continue the parent club’s success.” I’ll add one more cliché here: That’s the nature of this (Triple-A) business.

With Stanford arriving he’ll take one of the THREE open slots in a five man rotation and keep the Bisons from holding open tryouts for a starting pitchers. Stanford will start for the Bisons on Friday night and appear for a record eighth consecutive season with Buffalo. His start will provide some stability into a rather jumbled past few days.

One thing is certain. The Bisons will be open for business tonight but be patient for awhile because we’ll be a little short staffed.

I have to run and call my pilot friend. He’ll be shocked I’m calling to just say “hello” for a change and not asking him to explain why “air congestion” in Boise delays our flight in Boston for half the day.

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