WELCOME BACK: Jon Lester. The Red Sox cutie pitcher is making his first major league start tonight in Cleveland since being diagnosed with cancer last year. The last time he pitched was almost a year ago (August of ’06), in the midst of a rookie season that saw him go 5-0 in his first 5 decisions. He was diagnosed with a form of lymphoma last August at just 22 years old, underwent chemo, and was cleared as cancer-free in December. He’s battled back, rehabbed in the minors, and is ready and rarin’ to go. (and see ya later to Andrea’s “hottie” Julian Tavarez, who heads back to the bullpen).
SEE YA LATER: Sergio Garcia. Even though ultra-hottie Sergio sat atop the Leaderboard of the British Open all three days leading into Sunday’s final round, Irish hottie Padraig Harrington came from behind and pushed Sergio into a four-hole playoff… from which Padraig emerged victorious. In the battle of the sexy accents, Ireland wins this round.
I have to say that I find it cute that Sergio pleads to the golf gods in English, not Spanish- as you could hear him say “please, please, please, my god, please” at one point. Guess the golf gods weren’t swayed – though I don’t think I could have resisted.
The plaque for the alternates is in the Ladies… room
WELCOME BACK: Huston Street. The uber-hottie closer looks to be set to return to the A’s bullpen on Monday, after being on the DL since May 13th. The return of his blinding hottness to the diamond in Oakland can’t come fast enough.
WELCOME BACK: Kerry Wood. Although he’s not all the way back to The Show, Texan hottie Kerry is making his first official minor league rehab start on Tuesday with the A-Peoria Chiefs. Yes, I have a ticket to the game- what’s more fun than Peoria, Illinois on a Tuesday night?
SEE YA LATER: Jake Peavy. My newest hottie pitcher crush got killed by the Phightin’ Phils, and dominated by J.D. “Coolerpants” Durbin – who pitched a complete game en route to his first major league shutout. What? The coolerpants look can definitely be hot if it’s worn by a guy who can shut down the mighty Pads.
BONUS HOWDY to Twin Cities hottie Joe Mauer, who showed up in a brand spankin’ new Sportscenter commercial- that I just had to share.
* Edited to send out condolences to the family and teammates of Mike Coolbaugh, former major leaguer and current coach of the Tulsa Drillers (AA-affiliate of the Rockies). Mike died after being struck in the head by a line drive during a game on Sunday. He is survived by his wife and two children- and his wife is expecting another child in October.