Despite San Diego's loss last night to the Dodgers, the Padres still have an excellent chance of making the postseason. But earlier in the year, then Padre catcher Doug Mirabelli was none too happy about being on the team. And according to a report in the San Diego Union Tribune, San Diego GM Kevin Towers was none to glad to see him leave.
"He called (Dave) Roberts (when Mirabelli was traded) and said, 'I guess I'm getting called back to the big leagues,' " Towers said before Monday's game with the Dodgers. "I'm glad I didn't hear that. . . . I don't miss him. These guys don't miss him."
"The Sunday before the trade, Mirabelli was calling my phone like 5-6 in the morning. I finally get to (Petco) Park . . . I get into the clubhouse and he says, 'KT, can we have some private time?' "
When they were alone, Towers said, Mirabelli told him the Padres might want to start Bowen behind the plate against the Dodgers that day, "because I'm not focused on the game."
"I said, 'What?' " Towers recalled. "He said, 'My boys, the (Red) Sox have been calling me. I got to tell you, it's all I watch on TV; all I think about is the Red Sox. Do me a favor and you guys a favor (and make a deal)."
The Padres received Josh Bard and Cla Meredith in exchange for Mirabelli. Bard and Meredith (two players who have nothing to hang their heads over Monday night), have been instrumental in the Padres battling for a playoff spot.
Mirabelli should start tonight in Boston to catch Tim Wakefield in a game against the Twins. Have a good time Doug!
After his career as a knuckle ball catching expert comes to an end, Mirabelli will go into his second career, which will be repairing wheels on Conestoga wagons. He is also thinking of dabbling in selling whale oil lamps or selling his own brand of Mirabelli 33.3 baud modems!