PEORIA -- Outtakes from time spent hanging out with San Diego (the Padres, not the Chicken). ...
-- New center fielder Cameron Maybin breezed through an early gaffe: He tweeted at the beginning of camp that he had become ill after eating at Panda Express.
Innocent mistake. No, not eating at Panda Express, but tweeting about getting sick afterward. What he didn't know was that one of the Padres' minority owners also owns that fast-food chain.
He subsequently cleared that up on Twitter, and now it's a funny story. Not long afterward, the owner sent him a $100 gift certificate to Panda Express.
-- Ace Mat Latos is helping Maybin break in a second outfielder's glove this spring. Maybin has his gamer, but he -- and others -- always have a second glove he's breaking in. Latos' job: He's using Maybin's "future" gamer to shag balls during batting practice.
"Me and him chat in center field a lot, and whenever there's batting practice I'll get out there and use his glove," Latos says. "You've gotta help your outfielders. You think back to what Will Venable and Tony Gwynn Jr. did for me last year, making all those plays.
"He's a great guy. I've gotta put a pocket in there for him."
The glove he's using was given to him by former Rockies teammate Todd Helton, a three-time Gold Glove winner. One clue is the way "Todd Helton" is clearly stitched onto the thumb area of the black glove.
"I'm working on breaking in some other gloves, but until I get something ready, I'm using this one," says Hawpe, who was a first baseman in high school and at Louisiana State but moved to the outfield once he landed in the Colorado organization because Helton sure wasn't going anywhere.
Hawpe said the advice Helton gave him over the winter about playing first simply was to "keep everything slow."
There was not much teasing about Hawpe's impending position change.
"No," Hawpe says. "He's excited. Like he said, 'We're boys.' He was nothing but excited."
Sunblock Day: Whew boy, high of 90 on Wednesday. Hot, hot desert sun. Love it.
Likes: The Tee Pee Mexican joint in Phoenix. Funky little building and outstanding food. Recommended: The chicken burro covered with enchilada sauce. ... Tom Waits, Darlene Love and Leon Russell inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Perfect, and long overdue. Love is incredibly underrated and Waits is one of the all-time great songwriters and lyricists. And glad to see Elton John get Russell back in the limelight. Their disc, The Union, is very good. Some of Elton's best work in years. ... The Monroe (Mich.) St. Mary Catholic Central High basketball team beating Hillsdale 49-35 Wednesday night to win its first-ever Regional tournament. Next up for my Falcons: A state quarterfinal game next Tuesday against 24-0 Schoolcraft.
Dislikes: Too many teams and people left to see, and too few days left of spring training to get to everybody. It's going to take some creative scheduling.
Rock 'N' Roll Lyric of the Day:
"The piano has been drinking
"My necktie is asleep
"And the combo went back to New York
"The jukebox has to take a leak
"And the carpet needs a haircut
"And the spotlight looks like a prison break
"'Cause the telephone's out of cigarettes
"And the balcony's on the make
"And the piano has been drinking
"The piano has been drinking...
"And the menus are all freezing
"And the light man's blind in one eye
"And he can't see out of the other
"And the piano-tuner's got a hearing aid
"And he showed up with his mother
"And the piano has been drinking
"The piano has been drinking"
-- Tom Waits, The Piano Has Been Drinking (But Not Me)