Jussel: Poor score on Wonderlic won’t hurt pro prospect
Bits ‘n’ pieces:
I was going to write an outstanding column for today, but I only scored a 4 on my Wonderlic test, thus will have to be satisfied using my God-given physical talents.
Type, magic fingers, type.
Seriously now, who cares what any stud coming out of the major college ranks scored on a written test when, for the next decade or so, such stud will be charged with running very rapidly forward or backward on a grass or turf field or smacking a large person located across the line of scrimmage harder than said stud is being smacked?
It seems that every couple of days I run across something that really seems absurd coming out of the mouth of a sports fan. In this most recent case, it was a fan wondering how indeed someone could score 4 out of 50 on a written test and survive in the professional world of sport, specifically in this case, in the National Football League.
The alleged 4 reportedly was the score of Morris Claiborne, a defensive back from LSU who will be drafted in the top five or six spots in the NFL draft later this month.
While it is unfortunate that the Wonderlic score was made public, don’t feel too sorry for Claiborne.
Claiborne, by virtue of his 4.3 40-yard dash speed and his ability to reason and react rather quickly on the football field, will do just fine in the NFL regardless of a low Wonderlic score. Maybe he will never be able to write a wonderful sports column like Yours Truly, but I would readily exchange paycheck for paycheck with Claiborne over the next decade and not grouse about it one bit.
■ Speaking of feeling sorry for someone, let’s give out a heartfelt boo-hoo to Ubaldo Jimenez, the ex-Rockies star now toiling with the Cleveland Indians. It seems Ubaldo has a bad feeling for his ex-team because they wouldn’t pay him superstar money despite his struggles over almost a season’s worth of games, half in 2010 and half in 2011.
A couple of days ago, Ubaldo hit Troy Tulowitzki in the elbow with a fastball in an exhibition game — a pitch that potentially could have taken the Rockies’ best player out for a lengthy period. Luckily, Tulowitzki was not seriously injured.
Jimenez was fined and suspended five days, meaning he will miss one start.
Jimenez could have been the best pitcher in baseball hands-down if he was willing to throw inside, something the Rockies repeatedly begged him to do. He never did that. Hence his recent struggles.
And he lets one “get away” in an exhibition game against a former teammate with whom he reportedly never got along? I think not.
Good luck resurrecting your career in Cleveland, Ubaldo. Enjoy the American League and the DH.
■ How about something to smile about? How can you not root hard for the Rockies’ latest pitching horse, the guy slotted No. 2 in the rotation — surely some young, flame-thrower with a nasty, biting slider, right?
Nope. How about 49-year-old Jamie Moyer, a left-hander whose stuff would seem to fit more along the lines of the Southwestern League than the National League?
Moyer now tops out on his fastball at 78 or 79. His curve drops all the way into the mid-60s. His changeup is in the low 70s.
The guy whose first win this season will be the 268th of his career has silver hair and is coming off arm surgery that caused him to miss the entire season in 2011.
Rockies manager Jim Tracy is slotting him between Jeremy Guthrie and Juan Nicasio, two guys who easily reach 90-plus with their fastballs without straining.
Here’s hoping Moyer’s pitches still have just enough movement to avoid sharp contact and keep him on the hill long enough for us to enjoy him for a season in Colorado.