November 11, 2011

Link-O-Rama

Wilson Ramos, the Twins prospect traded to the Nationals for Matt Capps in mid-2010, was kidnapped from his home in Venezuela and remains missing.

Jim Thome is recruiting Michael Cuddyer to join him on the Phillies.

• Hopefully this book can be found in the fiction section.

• Rockies reporter and columnist Jim Armstrong was dismissed from the Denver Post following 27 years at the newspaper after being named in a sports betting indictment. It's a complicated issue, but considering how many sportswriters bet on sports, openly talk of betting on sports, and even write about betting on sports ... well, it just seems like Armstrong got a raw deal.

• I've long been fascinated and frustrated by Eddie Murphy's career and Bill Simmons' movie-by-movie and quote-by-quote recap is a great read.

• Who knew the pizza industry employed so many artists?

• This is why I work from bed, not from the couch.

• Next year's Society for American Baseball Research convention will be in Minnesota from June 27 through July 2 and SABR announced that the event will be held in downtown Minneapolis at the Marriott City Center, which is walking distance from Target Field. I haven't missed a SABR convention since attending my first one in Cincinnati as a 21-year-old in 2004, so I'm hoping to see tons of Twins bloggers and AG.com readers there.

• As part of the interview process Theo Epstein made the Cubs' candidates manage simulated games, which is what happens when the people who grew up reading Bill James and playing Strat-O-Matic start running MLB teams.

• In fairness, this is probably how my colleagues would describe me too.

• I watched a few minutes of an MTV show called "I Used To Be Fat" and it reminded me of this Mitch Hedberg joke: "I used to do drugs. I still do, but I used to, too."

Community creator Dan Harmon was already a genius, but this proves it. Also, thanks.

• High school football announcers are the best:

"Py-ro-technics!"

• One of my articles was selected for the fourth annual "Best of MinnPost" collection.

• Never forget: Minnesotans elected this guy governor.

Dave Attell talking with Joe Rogan for two hours about random stuff was pretty great.

• This is what they mean by a match made in heaven, except the exact opposite.

• My favorite Joe Frazier memory is him singing "When Somebody Loves You Back" by Teddy Pendergrass to woo Robin Quivers. One of his few losses, although it was a split decision.

• One of my childhood favorites, Heavy D, passed away at age 44. Eerily, his final Twitter post was mourning Frazier's death.

Louis CK is taking his next stand-up special straight to the internet.

• Stand-up comedian, Parks and Recreation writer, and Official Fantasy Girl of AG.com candidate Chelsea Peretti was a great guest on Pete Holmes' new podcast. Follow her on Twitter, too.

• I'm not necessarily proud of this, but I watched an arm wrestling documentary on Netflix and it was really good despite some cheesy attempts to ramp up the drama.

• If you're not sure what to think of the Penn State situation, please read this and also this.

• My aunt's new book got a great review.

Joe Christensen wants the Twins to finally induct Camilo Pascual into their Hall of Fame.

• As a Howard Stern fan this saddens me, but as an NBC employee it wouldn't be so bad.

• If they need a designated hitter who can't hit, count me in too.

Ben Revere is, as always, adorable.

• This week's "Gleeman and The Geek" was an emergency episode recorded immediately after the announcement that Terry Ryan was replacing Bill Smith, so John Bonnes and I spent 105 minutes discussing what the general manager move means for the Twins' present and future.

• Finally, this week's AG.com-approved music video is Heavy D and The Boyz with a live version of "Now That We Found Love":

  • http://www.puckettspond.com Paul Pleiss

    Love the Mitch Hedberg reference, good stuff. I ALMOST watched Pulling John earlier this week, a man who searches for years looking for someone to beat him in arm wrestling, you pretty much have to watch it, and if you did, I guess I will too. Good stuff.

  • Jon

    I saw “Pulling John” a couple of weeks back. It was fun. Far from the best documentary ever, but neat to see some people from this quirky little sub-culture.

  • RB

    “• Never forget: Minnesotans elected this guy governor.”

    Yeah, he finds the TSA pat-downs, etc. to be invasive. What a nut.

  • HT

    Somebody tell Revere that swinging a golf club is different than swinging a baseball bat.

  • mariettamouthpiece

    Field Gooooooooooooooooooooooaaal!!!!!

  • Freealonzo

    Mitch Hedberg’s joke would be a whole lot funnier if he hadn’t actually…you know… died of a drug overdose.

  • John P.

    “Never forget: Minnesotans elected this guy governor.”

    Never forget he was the only candidate in that election talking common sense and appearing to have any sort of fresh idea. He has definitely gone off the rails since then.

  • mike wants wins

    Ventura also basically gave all the power to smart people he hired….which is what a governor should do. But yes, in retrospect, it is hard to believe. A lot of people admitted to me the next morning they voted for him as a “joke”. That election is the signature call for runoff….

  • JB (the original)

    Jamey Carroll 2 yr. deal w/ the Twins…..

  • mike wants wins

    How does Papelbon signing affect the compensation the Twins might get when/if the Phillies sign Cuddeyer?

  • Brian

    How is Carroll BABIP’ing in the .330s? Is he THAT fast? I just can’t see a 38 year old right handed hitter with little power continuing to do that. And I think there’s a risk that walk rate could continue to slide as pitchers realize he’s just not a threat at the plate. I don’t hate the deal if some of the other options like Barmes weren’t panning out, but 2 guaranteed years seems excessive for his age. 1 yr/$3.5M with an option and no buyout would have been the most I would have gone. I could completely see him hitting 0.250/0.310/0.300 next year, then being in the same position again next offseason, but with another year committed to Carroll.

    Hope I’m wrong.

  • Brian

    I can just imagine Maddon failing Epstein’s test horribly.

    Great manager, but the absolute worst at in-game decisions.