October 29, 2009


  • As a follow-up to last week's entry about the Twins signing 16-year-old phenom Miguel Angel Sano, here's a very interesting video detailing his life in the Dominican Republic and the signing process.
  • My initial plan for Halloween was to go as a fat baseball writer who doesn't like to leave the house, but that seems awfully ambitious and this costume may be even better in a "you are what you eat" way.
  • David Brown of Yahoo! Sports conducted a highly amusing interview with Denard Span (and special guest Brendan Harris).
  • I've been preparing for this moment my entire life. Seriously, right now I look like Kimbo Slice and the month hasn't even started yet.
  • What are the chances of a blond Philadelphia woman getting arrested for attempting to trade sex for World Series tickets and her not being Sweet Dee Reynolds? Which brings me to this amazing scene from last week's Phillies-themed episode of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia:

    Say what you will about Mac's love letter to Chase Utley, but at least he has good taste.
  • In his season recap, Pat Borzi said a lot of the stuff that I've been saying all year about the Twins, but in one well-written article for MinnPost.
  • In addition to letting Steve Phillips go, ESPN has now also fired the 22-year-old production assistant with whom he had an affair. Meanwhile, agent Steve Lefkowitz revealed that Phillips entered rehab for sex addiction in an effort "to save his marriage."
  • Sunday is the 65th anniversary of Sid Hartman starting at what was then the Minneapolis Tribune.
  • HBO renewed one of my favorite shows, In Treatment, for another season and Theo Epstein's sister is taking over as the executive producer, which caused me to stumble upon the mind-boggling "early life and family" section of his Wikipedia page. After reading that, my family really ought to be ashamed of themselves.
  • Many of the allegations about the NBA and referees in Tim Donaghy's new book are pretty damning.
  • Between this news and my discovery that EA Sports isn't even making NBA Live for Playstation 2 any more it may be time for a Playstation 3. Or maybe just admit that I'm old and stop playing video games.
  • One of my all-time favorite basketball players, Bobby Jackson, has called it quits after a career that included one unforgettable year with the Gophers and 12 solid seasons in the NBA.
  • We just finished the 12th season of "Gleeman World" in WhatIfSports.com's Hardball Dynasty game and it looks like we'll have one or two franchise openings. Hardball Dynasty is not a fantasy baseball game, but rather a simulation of running a fictional MLB organization from rookie-ball to the majors. It's incredibly detailed and time-consuming with a steep learning curve, so first and foremost we're looking for owners who've played Hardball Dynasty in the past, although anyone is free to express interest.
  • Random pizza recommendation: Sarpino's. I've had it multiple times recently and the pizza is a clear step above the usual Papa John's, Pizza Hut, and Domino's. Plus, their pasta is pretty good too.
  • My only rule in life is that I'll always link to a blog that calls me "the Jesus of Twins bloggers."
  • Adam Carolla's recent television pilot for CBS was not picked up, so now he's giving NBC a try.
  • Here's a new Twins blog to check out: The Blog That Boredom Built.
  • Some of the highlights from my NBCSports.com blogging this week:

    - Baseball's most underrated player: Utley
    - Where does Lee's gem rank in World Series history?
    - Did Coghlan have a "historic" rookie year?
    - Diamondbacks prospect Parker blogging about Tommy John surgery
    - Manny "planning to" exercise $20 million option, stay with Dodgers
    - Astros hire Red Sox bench coach Mills as new manager
    - Guerrero and his mom want to re-sign with Angels
    - La Russa returning as Cardinals manager
    - Johjima returns to Japan with $21 million deal
    - How good is Lackey and how rich is he about to be?

  • Finally, this week's AG.com-approved music video is Sam and Dave doing a live version of "Hold On, I'm Comin'" from 1966:

  • Once you're done here, check out my NBCSports.com blog and Twitter updates.

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