He's not a lantern, and he's not Vince.
He's Casey ColeMAN, with the accent on the "MAN".
Learn to pronounce that right, because even though he looks 16, this kid does not fool around when he's on the mound.
This will sound insane I know - he hasn't nearly the same stuff - but Casey Coleman seems to have the same attitude as a young Greg Maddux.
Just a little mean.
Remember when Maddux first came up and Rick Sutcliffe let us all know that Maddux' nickname was "Mad Dog", and you thought, "THAT skinny little 155 pound kid?"
I wish I could find that interview, because Sutcliffe was a GOD then, and the way he spoke of Maddux was pure admiration, and Maddux hadn't won jack yet.
Last night Casey Coleman took on the hottest hitting team in baseball, established his game by owning the inside corners (actually hitting both lefty Jason Giambi and righty Ty Wiggington), gave up 4 hits and 1 measly run over 5.2 innings and got his first win of 2011.
He also walked 3 when I was driving kids to the train or something, because I didn't really notice.
Lets talk about the other kids too, because last night's game was EVERYTHING you could hope for with this team.
Namely: THE KIDS ROCKED!
Starlin Castro. 4 for 5 in the lead-off spot with the dagger 3-run homer.
He's slugging .556, just ahead of Ryan Howard!
This is what a star in the making used to look like before the steroid era, and man is he breathtaking to watch.
Darwin Barney. 2 doubles, scored 1, knocked 1 in.
Did you see him on the basepath?
How about that high floater that landed in the middle of 3 Rockies not very deep at all, and while your average guy woulda been happy with the single Barney barely broke stride after rounding the bag and just took second like it was his.
On his other double he's halfway to third before scrambling back. Bob Brenly says something like, "He's thinking triple all the way til the Rockies make him stop."
He's the Cubs newest afterthought guy.
Think Fuld (although he's gonna come back to Earth, right?), think McGehee.
Maaaybe ColeMAN's a Jamie Moyer?
I read about Casey's "batting practice" stuff online, but there's something about his attitude that you just have to love.
I've turned into a big fan.