Livan Hernandez has earned over $50 million in salary during 14 years in the majors, including $5 million from the Twins last season, but the Detroit Newsreports that he "faces foreclosure on his $1.3 million Miami home" and is being sued by various creditors.
In response to my criticisms that she wears too much clothing these days, reigning Official Fantasy Girl of AG.com Keeley Hazell is going back to her roots with a clothing-less calendar for 2010. Will it be enough to save her crown in the new year? We'll see.
Along with the usual Bill Simmons, Adam Carolla, and Two Jacks in the Hole, the latest addition to my podcast routine is Smodcast with Kevin Smith and Scott Mosier. They basically sit around and talk about random stuff for an hour each week, with a nice mix of thought-provoking, funny, and ridiculous. Carolla's interview withRichard Belzer was my favorite podcast of the week, although Simmons talking withChuck Klosterman is always excellent and never ceases to make me feel like writing a book.
TechRadar.com has a list of "29 tech phrases you should be punched in the face for using" and I'm guilty of Nos. 1-4, 10-12, 14, and 21. I'm also guilty of Nos. 2, 5, 12, and 26 on this list of "the 32 most commonly misused words and phrases." I'm a pretentious idiot, basically.
Darryl Strawberrywill be a contestant on the upcoming season of Celebrity Apprentice, where he'll compete against the likes of Sharon Osbourne, Sinbad, Cyndi Lauper, and Bret Michaels, plus many people who push the limits of "celebrity." Looking over the respective rosters, there were probably more famous people on the 1986 Mets.
Speaking of which, the silly Mariano Rivera "spitball" allegations this week reminded me of a much more amusing instance of a star New York player being accused of spitting. "That is one magic loogy."
Congratulations to friend of AG.com Jon Sciambi, who landed a full-time gig at ESPN after years as the local play-by-play man for the Braves and Marlins. Not only is Sciambi one of the best announcers in baseball, he's a really nice guy and stat-head who was one of the first recognizable "names" to ever contact me via this blog. If we're lucky the future of national broadcasts will have way more Sciambi and way less Joe Buck or Chip Caray.
It seems impossible, but someone at Shape going absolutely nuts with photoshop has managed to ruin pictures of Official Fantasy Girl of AG.com second runner-up Jenna Fischer in a bikini. Sort of.
Lost update: In just five weeks I've watched all of the first four seasons and am now midway through Season 5. Some ups and downs after the extraordinary premiere episode, but it definitely ranks among my 10 favorite shows of all time. If you're like me and never got into the show initially, do yourself a giant favor and check it out Hulu (while you still can). If you're not hooked three minutes into the first episode, we probably can't be friends.
Earlier this week I passed the 1,000-post mark on Twitter, so obviously there's no going back now.
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