David Letterman Recycles!! (Jokes)

We’ve all seen videos of comedians recycling jokes. Or maybe you haven’t. But here’s your chance. First we have Letterman’s Top Ten Thoughts that went through Mark Buerhle’s head while throwing a perfect game. Then we have Letterman’s Top Ten Thoughts that went through Dallas Braden’s head while throwing a perfect game

(How do they not use material from the game and actually mention DeWayne Wise?)
Ok, I hope you were paying attention.
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Jason Heyward’s First At-Bat in Perspective

Jason Heyward made his anticipated Major League debut today and he hit a home-run in his first Major League at-bat. That’s really exciting for Atlants Braves fans. However, to keep things in perspective I compiled this list of St. Louis Cardinals Pitchers who hit a home run in their first major league at-bat, since the year 2001.

Mark Worrell 06-05-2008
Adam Wainwright 05-24-2006
Gene Stechschulte 04-17-2001
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TTM: Shots in the Dark

I use sportscollectors.net (SCN) to track my TTM stats and look for safe bets, in terms of who I send autograph requests to. However, sometimes it’s fun to skip the safe bet and go after an unlikely candidate. This usually ends in you never seeing your cards again. I can’t tell you how many guys I’ve sent to and will never see a return from. That’s part of the game. A lot of those guys I sent to before I had my SCN account so I wasn’t trying for the long shot on purpose. In a recent case however, I did go for the long shot.

Mark Quinn played 4 seasons for the Kansas City Royals after paying for the Rice Owls in college. I’m not entirely sure why, but I always liked the guy and recently considered sending an autograph request to him. I looked him up on SCN and the numbers were glaringly bad. He had a 34% success rate and no one had been successful since 2007. I decided to put him in my TTM queue anyways and wound up sending my request a few weeks later.

38 days later I open up a self-addressed stamp envelope and find these: (more…)

Washington Admits Drug Use… News?

Someone is in denial. A guy plays baseball in the 70s and 80s and then in 2010 it’s news that he used amphetamines and marijuana during his playing career?!

His press conference photo looked exactly like a mugshot. Don't you think?

Even this MLB.com article knows enough to say “But the use of amphetamines or “greenies” was widespread throughout baseball going back to at least the 1960’s and most likely well before that.” Everyone used them. They may slightly enhance a players performance, but they should in no way be grouped with tradition PEDs like steroids and HGH. Not only that but they weren’t banned at the time. That being said, marijuana is illegal now and was illegal then. But… Let’s get real. Punishing a guy for smoking a little pot in the 70s just doesn’t make sense to me. (more…)

Brian Giles Retires

Seeing that Brian Giles retired is no surprise. What is surprising is how I came across the news. I was just looking through transactions on MLB.com and amid all the assignments and options I saw “RF Brian Giles retired.” Simple as that. I don’t know if the story made the MLB.com News front page. I’m sure it didn’t make the main MLB.com front page (correct if I’m wrong). I only mention this because, it’s wild how quickly a guy, even a solid major leaguer, can disappear from baseball. If I hadn’t looked at the transactions I might not have figured it out for a really long time. (more…)

February 2010 Link Round-up; Highlights and Lowlights

On March 1st I take my ASVAB as I begin the road to Army OCS. But before I can do that I have to post the February 2010 link dump and the military had some news that will be making this list. For starters…

An unmanned Blackhawk Helicopter is in the works
. The only drawback is this assures there will be no sequel to Black Hawk Down. <Yahoo!>

I finally saw The Hurt Lockerand I thought it was great (though I’d love to hear from actual EOD personnel). Surprisingly those brilliant people who give it out major movie awards have acknowledged it’s greatness. Will the academy? <Yahoo!>

Crime does pay, and it pays very well (in Canada). <CBC>

Ever wonder what a baseball player’s fan mail looks like? Scroll down to February 25th on Pat Neshek’s blog. (more…)

Manny Being Selfish (Also known as “Manny Being Manny”)

“PHOENIX — Manny Ramirez said Monday that 2010 will be his final season with the Dodgers.” Stop right there. Before I even address the rest of this article. Why is Manny telling us this in February? What benefit can it possibly have for the L.A. Dodgers? The season hasn’t even started yet and he’s decided to go generate some buzz for himself at the expense of his team. The act is getting old. Someone needs to bring him down a notch.

“I know I won’t be here next year, so I’ll just enjoy myself, (more…)

Published in: on February 22, 2010 at 12:20 pm  Leave a Comment  
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UPDATED: NRI List

Just a quick note. I made some major updates to the consolidated non-roster invitee list. These updates primarily involved the Colorado Rockies, San Diego Padres, New York Yankees, New York Mets, Atlanta Braves and Tampa Bay Rays.

I hate the fact this “quick note” will get a Yankees tag, which will cause it to increase in size and might draw your attention to the fact that amidst my complaining of the media focusing too heavily on Boston and New York, I too write about them disproportionately.

And to make this more interesting. A video.

Leverage Lost Me

Ok, to be honest Leverage, the TNT drama, never had me. I had never seen a show and the premise looked ridiculous. As wikipedia simplifies it

“Leverage follows a five-person team of thieves, computer experts and con artists, headed up by former insurance investigator Nate Ford, who use their skills to right corporate and governmental injustices inflicted on common citizens.”

Pretty stupid right? Of course the do-gooders often (from what I can tell) seem to run afoul of the law (of course it’s always justifiable) but they always outsmart the blundering law enforcement officials. That annoys me, but maybe it has to do with my background in law enforcement. But if that wasn’t arrogant enough they decided to disgrace the game of baseball in season 2, episode 14. It’s the only episode I’ve ever watched or will ever watch and I failed to finish it. (more…)

Published in: on February 18, 2010 at 11:44 pm  Leave a Comment  
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The Zen of Zim

I just read Don Zimmer’s book, The Zen of Zim. The book has good stories from a great baseball mind. It’s not well-written and he goes off on tangents throughout the entire book, but I can get past all that just because he’s been a part of baseball for so long, and I want to read what he has to say. He’s also almost a little too self-deprecating but it’s genuine so I can understand it. He talks about the way George Steinbrenner treated him in Zim’s final year in New York and it really sucks that he’d act like he did. Things like pulling Zim’s company car, accusing him of leaking a story to a baseball writer, George King, and canning an idea to produce Zim bobbleheads depicting him wearing an Army helmet make Steinbrenner sound really spiteful and small.

Also, he tells of how Steinbrenner (more…)