First: Back when Rudy Seanez was on the team, I really didn't like Julian Tavarez. The two were like the Romulus and Remus of bullpen implosion. Now, Tavarez is doing quite well and he's just so weird that I can't help liking him:
Tavarez revealed he has been pitching with a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand. "[Josh] Beckett would be on the DL with this," Tavarez said, showing the blister. Tavarez said he pops the blister and dries it out by rubbing in some Red Bull and ground-up aspirin.Second: Tavarez has nothing on Mike Lowell for devious plans:
Tavarez on his half-swing, half-bunt hit Saturday night, his first hit since Aug. 24, 2002: "Anything to help this team win. People look at you as a clown, dumb and stupid. People, fans, players, teammates look at you as a clown, as stupid, as a dummy who always does something to make people laugh," he said. "They don't admit the truth and say, 'You know what, the guy who is stupid and a dummy, he's going to make something happen to win. Pain is nothing to him. He'll do something to find a way to win.' And that's me. Dumb like a fox."
Lowell revealed he has plans to start a blog. "Not for me," he said. "My philosophy is, if Manny [[Ramirez]] is willing to sell a grill for $20,000, I'll tell him just to talk to me, and I'll type a blog for him --Mannysblog.com. And I'll pay him $21,000, he'll think he sold a grill, and I'll negotiate a dollar a hit. I'll be a gazillionaire, and Manny will be happy because he can buy a new barbecue . . . Everyone wants to know what Manny's saying, so all he has to do is give me two legitimate answers and after that I'll make up anything I want, and nobody will know the difference."