Monday, August 9, 2010

Hellickson To Join Rays in Detroit

It’s a really old joke, but what the heck, I’m a really old guy.

Trust me. It’ll connect eventually.
At morning formation the company commander calls the First Platoon leader over.

“Lieutenant Daniels, we’ve just gotten word that Private Rogers’ mother has died. Give him the news and tell him he’s got a pass to go home for the funeral.”

Daniels walks back to his platoon and calls his platoon sergeant over. “Sergeant Donald, Private Rogers’ mom has died and I’m supposed to tell him. I’ve never had to do something like that. What should I do?”

In the great tradition of US Army sergeants, Sergeant Donald replied, “No problem, sir. I’ll take care of it.”

Donald turned to the platoon and snapped out a command, “First Platoon, Tenhut!”

The platoon snaps to a rigid attention, eyes to the front, heads still.

“Awright! Pay attention! Everyone who’s mother is still alive … One step forward ... March! …
Not so fast there, Rogers!”

So it might have been yesterday afternoon. Xavier Hernandez goes into the locker room to go over the Indianapolis lineup with his starter. When Hellickson stands up, he’s told to sit down. Or maybe asked where Rodriguez was. And then he was told to pack his glove he was headed for Detroit.

The Durham Herald-Sun is reporting that Hellickson is to pitch in tomorrow’s Rays’ game in Detroit.

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