It’s funny

So I’m watching the rerun of Game 4 of the World Series on the new MLB network, and my heart is still breaking when bad things happen, such as when Pedro Feliz popped out with the bases loaded in the bottom of the first. Even though I know the Phils won the Series and this specifically is the game when the Phils scored in double digits.

It shows how baseball can get into your soul even when you know what the final outcome will be. Can any other game have that effect on you?

UPDATE (17:40): Joe Blanton’s home run still makes me laugh.

Great Trade Proposal

Philadelphia is trying to give away underachieving right-hander Adam Eaton.

The Phillies will deal Eaton to any team that will take on $1 million of the $9 million he is due for the final guaranteed season of a three-year contract. The Phillies want nothing in return.

Anything to get rid of Eaton.


Hat Tip: MLB Trade Rumors

Another example of why Joe Posnanski is the best baseball writer out there

Joe takes on the Hall of Fame:

See, the thing is, I think that as much as people TALK about the Baseball Hall of Fame, very few have a real and total grip of what it really is. I say this because … I don’t think I have a real and total grip of what it is. The Baseball Hall of Fame is a 286-inductee monstrosity with more than 70 years of triumphs, failures, trials, errors, experiments that flopped, risks that soared, political gambits and good old fashioned baseball love. It’s the Hall of Fame that matters for any number of reasons, including the hard-work that people have put into it, and the fact that baseball history jumps off the page. But because it’s the Hall of Fame that matters, its quirks and cracks are more visible to the public.*

*Nobody seems to know or care that Otis Taylor is not in the Football Hall of Fame. But EVERYBODY knows Bert Blyleven is not. It’s a different animal.

I’m going to have to try this advice sometime:

If you ever want to wow ‘em at a party, just say something like this: “Did you know that there are eight umpires in the Hall of Fame and not one of them has called a Major League game since 1978. So that’s 30 years — no Hall of Fame umpires.*” Oh believe me, that fact will be a hit at any party, seriously, you’ll get dates galore. Trust me.

It’s got to work better than my current rap.

Seriously, if you’re at all a baseball fan, Posnanski’s a great read. He covers other sports from time to time as well, but like all real Americans, baseball’s his first love.

My Day Before Thanksgiving Rant/Bitch Session

1) It’s still too early for Christmas music.
   1a) Except for Elvis’ Christmas Album; that’s so good it should be played year-round.

2) It’s obscene that a few radio stations have already gone to full-time Christmas music.
   2a) Seriously, though, it’s hard to find a song right now that isn’t Christmas music. My frame of mind on this wasn’t improved by listening to Christmas music for almost two hours in the barbershop. (I guess everyone else was getting their pre-Thanksgiving haircuts, while I was just in desperate need of one.)

3) The song “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” is just incorrect. How can it be the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year” when there’s no baseball being played?

4) If I never hear “The Little Drummer Boy” again, I’ll still be annoyed that I ever heard it. Just an awful song.

5) To end on a positive note, Christmas season (which we’re still not in) is the second best season of the year, behind, of course, baseball season.

Chase Utley said a bad word

He began his talk at today’s celebration: “World fudging champions!” Only he didn’t say “Fudge.” He said THE word, the big one, the queen-mother of dirty words, the “F-dash-dash-dash-ing” word! (Props to a great movie.)

He seems to like that word. Most people remember his introduction at the All-Star Game Home Run Derby: After getting booed by the fans in Yankee Stadium, he commented to a fellow player “Boo? Fudge you.” which got caught by national TV.

I think he likes that word.

UPDATE: Here’s the video: