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Adventures in Miscellany

June 10, 2009

I don’t think this year was the best time for MLB to try to go all NFL on us with the draft. I mean, you’ve got the new best pitching prospect ever (don’t dare tell Keith Law that he might not be the next Clemens, by the by) , but nobody seems all that excited about anyone else in the draft. I’ll watch pretty much anything having anything to do with professional baseball, and maybe if the amateur draft was held in January, they’d rope me in. But I’m not watching the MLB draft in prime time when there’s real baseball to be watched. And if I’m not in their audience for this thing, odds are pretty good that their actual audience will be wildly terribly small compared to the amount of time and money they’ve spent promoting it.

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Nobody has told baseball that it’s a dated and boring game. It keeps coming up with things I’ve never seen before. Like this:


I wish I could figure out where that came from or who those teams were. But anyway, I thought it was cool.

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Speaking of Strasburg, add Buster Olney to the growing list of crotchety writers who are jealous of his opportunity and “advising” him to take less money than he’s worth in what may be the one shot to make real money he gets in his life. Olney quotes “one baseball official” as saying he would just offer Strasburg $11 million (half a million more than Prior’s record-breaking deal eight years ago) “and make that my best and first and only offer.”
I’ll just say this: I hope that “baseball official” is the Padres’ director of marketing or the Mets’ senior counsel or something. If that official is making baseball decisions, you should hope that he’s not doing so for your team. A Boras client very well may (I’d go so far as to say probably will) ignore an offer so obviously below his value as that (and negotiation techniques as bullying and amateurish as that), and go play for the Saints or something.
And if that happens, with fan morale where it is now (that one fan is getting awfully down on himself), the Nationals might as well move back to Canada. Or Senegal.
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Mr. Pinto points out that the Padres get a strange off-day in the City of Angels, maybe indulging in a Rodeo Drive (or maybe just Rodeo Road–man, I wish that video was online) shopping spree between their series with the Dodgers ending on Wednesday and the one with the Angels starting on Friday. There have been a lot of head-scratchers with the schedule this year, mostly (a) all the two-game series and (b) pairs of teams in different divisions seeming to meet each other very frequently over the first two months, and then not again for the rest of the year. But problem #1, now and always, is that ridiculous unbalanced schedule. Yankees and Red Sox fans (and Rays fans) should put away their differences and organize a collective uprising against that ludicrosity.
Then again, you can get from LA to San Diego in two hours or less. I guess I’d probably just buzz back home for the day. Now, if they did that to the Marlins or Orioles, there might be issues.
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Finally, a video that has nothing to do with anything. Here’s a sentence I never thought I’d say: I’m currently obsessed with two folk-comedy duos. You’ve probably heard of the first:

The other is Garfunkel and Oates, who don’t have the benefit of an HBO sitcom (yet) but are just as funny. But I’ve realized that they don’t have a video I could embed here that wouldn’t be likely to be at least a little offensive to someone.