As we're walking together at the same speed, I decide to break the awkwardness and asked about the team's trip -- it was a two-game stint in Cincinnati and this was before the Tuesday day game. Anyway, we started talking, and he was asking me about my job and career path and newspapers in general.
Suppan said he worked at a newspaper in high school for one night -- he came in to answer phones from high school games. He said he was amazed and overwhelmed with the task and had a respect for those doing it and doing it well. It turns out, he got the job because his friend's dad was the sports editor. It turns out, that high school friend is a friend of mine, and we ended up talking about Kevin and his young son and all sorts of things.
It was just a really nice 10-minute conversation with a guy who is a real pro, but by all other accounts just a really good dude.
Anyway, the point is it looks as if Suppan will sign a minor-league contract with a big-league invite to spring training with the Giants (according to Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News on Twitter ).
Suppan was 3-8 last season with a 5.06 ERA with the Brewers and Cardinals last season. The Brewers released him in June, and he then made 13 starts for the Cardinals, going 3-6 with a 3.84 ERA in St. Louis.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans