WHAT IS WORSE?
Shea Hillenbrand is pleased everyone with the Giants wished him well on adopting a baby. Only "little people ... like writers" did that in Toronto. We still don't comprehend how writing "the ship is sinking" causes a bigger flap than ripping the Canadian flag crest off his cap or shredding his uniform after being removed from a Canada Day win after seven innings.
MOVING ON UP
Lefty David Davidson of Thorold was promoted to class-A Lynchburg. A 10th-round pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2002 and a former junior Team Canada stalwart, was 2-1 with a 1.93 earned run average at class-A Hickory. Davidson had walked 21 and struck out 72 in 56 innings. He was a two-way performer for Team Ontario before finding a home on the mound for coach Marc Picard.
Colt Griffin, the Royals' No. 1 pick in 2001, retired rather than continue his comeback from major shoulder surgery. Griffin, 23, was an unknown before his fastball was clocked 100 m.p.h., on radar guns at Marshall High in Texas. The ninth overall pick received a $2.4 million US signing bonus. Griffin walked 278, hit 44 and threw 82 wild pitches in 373 minor-league innings.
Most Ontario players chase dreams with elite teams. Righty Jamie Richmond stayed with the Mississauga Majors and coach Ron Szczepanowski. After a year at Texarkana College, Atlanta Braves scout Lonnie Goldberg signed the 31st-round pick. Richmond, 20, is now 6-0 for class-A Danville. He owns an ERA of 0.92 after throwing 11 shutout innings in wins over Princeton and Pulaski.
Richmond Hill catcher Joel Collins of the Wareham Gatemen played in his second consecutive Cape Cod all-star game yesterday in South Yarmouth, Mass. Collins is hitting .258, with one homer and three RBIs. He'll return to the University of South Alabama, where he hit .299 with six homers and 32 RBIs in 59 games for the Jaguars this spring.