March 9th, 2009
JUPITER, Fla. — Here are some tidbits from batting practice before the Tigers-Marlins game this afternoon:
JUPITER, Fla. — Jason Beck is going to be off a for couple of days, and I, Alden Gonzalez, will be your tour guide while the Tigers face the Marlins and Cardinals on Monday and Tuesday at Roger Dean Stadium. It’s 4 p.m. ET now, and I see Detroit’s bus just pulled in. Manager Jim Leyland is expected to give a more definite timetable today on when Jeremy Bonderman (shoulder) will pitch next — I’ll update you on that as I get it.
You might remember from last summer’s draft coverage that Ryan Perry wore sport goggles when he pitched at the University of Airzona, much like Nate Robertson when he first joined the Tigers. By now, you’ve probably also seen photos of Perry without them.
So why did Ryan Perry ditch the specs? Did he use some of his bonus money to buy specialty contacts or something?
It isn’t that. According to Perry, his vision prescription changed, and he has to special-order the specs that he wears. So for now, he’s wearing the contact lenses that he usually wears outside the ballpark. Once his new specs come in, he said, they’ll be back on him when he’s on the mound.
If he can wear his contacts in games now, why doesn’t he just wear them all season, you ask? It’s a comfort thing. They collect dirt easily, he said, and they also dry out. They’re some of the same reasons Nate Robertson had when he went to the sport googles a few years ago.