April 13, 2012

Link-O-Rama

• "Gleeman and The Geek" makes its radio debut on KFAN this Sunday afternoon at 4:00, so tune in to 100.3-FM or listen online at KFAN.com. We've never done a live show on the actual airwaves before, so the first one could be an adventure. One nice thing about doing the show in a studio at a radio station (as opposed to on an iPad at a bar like we did for the first 36 episodes) is that we'll be able to take live phone calls from listeners.

• My announcement earlier this week included most of the key details, but for more about the KFAN show and what it means for the podcast listen to the discussion at the beginning of this week's episode. Short version: It's good news, assuming you're not sick of listening to us.

Jeff Gray's early work for the Twins shows the absurdity of pitcher "wins."

Torii Hunter fought the wall at Target Field and the wall won.

• There's hard living and then there's playing multiple seasons for the Orioles.

• Jabar Gaffney of the Redskins made excellent use of Twitter and definitely won't regret it.

• Weirdly, my vacation pictures from the annual SABR convention have never looked like this.

• Speaking of which, happy 25th birthday to Brooklyn Decker.

• Minnesota native and terrible, confrontation-seeking umpire Bob Davidson finally gets the attention he deserves.

• New York reporters and columnists have been unsuccessfully predicting Mariano Rivera's demise for literally a decade.

• Almost everything about this article is great, but here's my favorite sentence: "Most of her clients are men, but she said anyone can hire her service."

• Some of the numbers for internet pornography usage are amazing, including the fact that one website gets more page views than ESPN.com and CNN.com combined and the industry as a whole accounts for more than one-fourth of all data transferred online.

• For some reason this picture of Alison Brie cracked me up.

Raul Ibanez has switched teams, leagues, and positions, but he remains every bit as hilarious to watch defensively.

Jason Marquis paid for his (temporary) Double-A teammates to have steak and lobster for their postgame spread while building up his arm strength in New Britain, which is the kind of thing a nice person with $50 million in career earnings would do.

• And thankfully it sounds like Marquis' daughter is doing much better after her accident.

• Remaking the Bone Thugs-N-Harmony video for "1st Of Tha Month" with pugs is genius:

I can't even imagine how long that took to choreograph and shoot, but hopefully everyone involved knows it was worth every second.

• For just $59 you can eat an eight-pound hamburger named after Stephen Strasburg that contains more calories than I typically eat in an entire week.

• Someone arrived at AG.com via Google search for the phrase "Aaron Gleeman fried rice."

Christian Laettner napping on a bus, because why not? He looks peaceful.

This is my favorite part of Mad Men so far this season.

• Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is the best, as always.

• I've never been able to understand the appeal of hanging out at a coffee shop all day, so this Minneapolis Star Tribune article by Peter Funk was very interesting.

• Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton looks just like Bruno Mars.

• Here's hoping the best announcer in baseball history gets well soon.

• It's good to know that Rachel Bilson is keeping herself ready for The O.C. reunion some day.

Ben Heller of Grantland took offense to something I wrote on Twitter about Orlando Cabrera nine months ago and his article includes praise of "magical things" and Cabrera's "aura" and Bert Blyleven's analysis. Very weird.

Jim Thome started a game at first base for the first time since June 13, 2007.

• Elbow surgery for Scott Baker likely means the end of his Twins career.

Jamie Moyer pitching at 49 is incredible, but check out what Satchel Paige did at 59.

• One of my favorite national writers, Joe Posnanski, is leaving Sports Illustrated for a new gig with USA Today and MLB Advanced Media.

• After watching Lena Dunham's quirky and very enjoyable movie, Tiny Furniture, on Netflix last year I'm excited to see her new show on HBO.

• My fellow Portlandia fans will enjoy Carrie Brownstein's appearance on Marc Maron's podcast and David Cross' appearance a few days later was really good too.

• Deep thought inspired by Twitter conversations: Parents should make sure kids know the importance of choosing their first concert. Mine was Tevin Campbell and Babyface opening for Boyz II Men, and now I'm stuck with it forever.

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• Finally, this week's AG.com-approved music video is "Radio Radio" by Elvis Costello:

  • Kyle

    Haha — That was me on the “Aaron Gleeman fried rice” query. I was trying to find your weight loss article to link to it on one of the reddit fitness forums and that was one of the terms from the article that Google could surely find it.

  • neil

    Nice one, Kyle. Aaron is always watching us.

    Did Tevin start his set with “Round and Round,” or did he save it for last?

  • Dan

    We share the same first concert experience. It will haunt me forever. Damn you Babyface.

  • ds

    I brought my kid to Foo Fighters for his first (and second) concert experience. Just doing my job raising the youth of america

  • Kyle2

    One of my favorite songs of all time. So so good.

  • wade

    I believe in your aura, Aaron.

  • Tom

    I’m assuming the selection of the Radio Radio video is an attempt to balance off the memory of the Tevin Campbell and Boyz II Men concert.

  • http://jasonwinter.blogspot.com Jason W

    “While it’s difficult domain to penetrate — hard numbers are few and far between”

    Did they really start off the Internet porn article with “penetrate” and “hard”?

  • toby

    The Up And In podcast, as you may, just extolled Orlando Cabrera in a similarly pro-magic, “good clubhouse guy” fashion. Apparently he’s a REALLY really (no, REALLY) good guy and people who don’t get his value just don’t get it.

  • Jon

    Thoroughly enjoyed the Torii Hunter joke simply because “wall” is essentially “law” backwards. Not sure if you meant it to work out that way, but for some reason that really amused me.

  • Zach Morris

    The Allison Brie picture made me laugh so hard.

  • http://twinsfanfromafar.blogspot.com Twins Fan From Afar

    I’m about 90% certain that the guy behind Alison Brie in that picture is Brian Cashman.
    Now we know why the marriage is on the rocks.

  • Kashka

    Thanks for the Elvis Costello – perfect end to the Working Week.

    First concert was REM at the Target Center with Sonic Youth. Because of the people in front of me, I can’t listen to Monster without smelling weed.

  • Whistler1217

    Love the first concert topic. Mine was Puff Daddy, Busta, Mase, etc in approximately 1996. I won’t claim it was the right one, but it was just after Biggie died and I went through a rap/hip hop phase around that time. I’m 29 now and don’t have a kid, but if it happens soon, his/her first concert would definitely be PHISH. One of the best live acts of all-time.

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