July 9, 2010

Link-O-Rama

• Internet declares: "The feeling is mutual, Prince."

• I'd like to believe a large number of these were purchased ironically.

• I've once again missed my chance with Jenna Fischer.

Basketball-playing brothers Scientific Mapp and Majestic Mapp think this guy's name is silly.

• Whatever rare condition this woman has, I have the exact opposite.

Lori Loughlin is the Jamie Moyer of good-looking women, still getting it done at age 46.

• It seems like Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert took the LeBron James news kind of hard.

• My take on James: I have absolutely no problem with him choosing Miami, but he went out of his way to make the entire experience as painful as possible for Cleveland. In hindsight a guy from Akron, Ohio being a Yankees and Cowboys fan probably should have been a pretty huge tipoff, but it takes a special kind of man to go from the most beloved to the most hated athlete in the history of his home state by his own doing (and with Stuart Scott/Jim Gray involved).

Delmon Young is having a much better year than his older brother.

Johan Santana bounced back pretty nicely from losing to the Twins.

• My favorite headline of this week: "Lindsay Lohan punched by waitress on 24th birthday." Hey, it's the thought that counts, right?

• Speaking of Lohan, she apparently only dates Jewish girls now, which means my mom would be thrilled to have her as a son.

• New team. New plate discipline. Same old Torii Hunter throwing teammates under the bus.

• Sadly the Arrested Development movie likely will never be made, although perhaps Hollywood will reconsider after seeing Buster Bluth, action star:

That show getting canceled still upsets me.

• One of the craziest Win Probability Added graphs you'll ever see.

• As if the first two episodes of Louis C.K.'s new FX series Louie weren't spectacular enough, Ricky Gervais guest-starred on this week's show. And here's another hilarious scene from the previous episode.

Jake Peavy is likely out for the year with a gross-sounding "detached" shoulder muscle and Gordon Beckham has been terrible, but the White Sox have won 22 of 27 games and are now reportedly looking to trade for Adam Dunn.

• I've thankfully never watched the show, but my new goal in life is to be able to this.

• It'll be tough to blame Jim Joyce for this one.

• I actually know someone who was in the Duluth prison with Jerry Koosman and he was sad to see him leave because the former Twins pitcher was such a nice guy and good story-teller.

• As a big Sara Bareilles fan I enjoyed her live, streaming interview with the Associated Press.

Ozzie Guillen may be sick of Twitter, but I'm more addicted than ever.

• As always, the easiest way to ensure a link here is to say something nice about me.

• Now that I'm no longer writing the "Daily Dose" column at Rotoworld each day I've expanded my duties at Hardball Talk on NBCSports.com, pumping out an average of a dozen blog entries per day this week alongside Craig Calcaterra's usual 500. Some of the highlights:

- Don't look now, but the Royals are winning with Ned Yost
- Josh Johnson quietly moves past Ubaldo Jimenez as first half's top pitcher
- Brandon Webb still hoping to make 6-8 starts this season
- Cubs closer Carlos Marmol piling up strikeouts at historic rate
- Matt Stairs ties MLB record with 20th career pinch-hit homer
- Does a three-homer game mean Drew Stubbs is destined for stardom?
- Jonathan Sanchez is first pitcher since 1999 to win with 6+ walks and 3+ wild pitches
- Jordan Zimmermann takes first step on long road back from Tommy John surgery
- Marlins demote struggling starter Chris Volstad to Triple-A

• Finally, this week's AG.com-approved music video is the aforementioned Bareilles doing a live version of "Many the Miles":

April 9, 2010

Link-O-Rama

  • I've been blogging about the Twins since 2002 and never really thought to apply for a press pass, but at the urging of my NBCSports.com bosses they submitted a request on my behalf for Monday's home opener and surprisingly (to me, at least) it was accepted. I'm excited to be at Target Field and curious about how the whole process works, but also pretty damn nervous about being so far out of my element. Which is to say not writing from bed.


    Hopefully the couple local media members about whom I haven't said horrible things in this space will take pity on me and show me the ropes, or at least not encourage Jim Souhan and Dick Bremer to take swings at me. Either way, it should make for an interesting blog entry and NBCSports.com article come Tuesday. Or it could all just be a Candid Camera-style prank that ends with me standing outside Target Field. I haven't ruled that out.
  • In what's the most compelling evidence yet that people are tapping directly into my dreams, there's a Grilled Cheese Academy website featuring Official Fantasy Girl of AG.com candidate Jenna Fischer narrating descriptions of 30 grilled cheese sandwich variations. Seriously.
  • Analyzing the Springfield Power Plant softball team is definitely the best use of Wins Above Replacement that I've ever seen.
  • I'm thinking about doing this to my office. You know, if I had an office.
  • MinnPost media writer David Brauer did some investigating following reports that someone christened Target Field at one of last week's exhibition games by smoking pot out of a bong fashioned from a red pepper and found ... well, it might actually be true. And in an unrelated note that sounds related, Target Field has been named the "greenest" ballpark in baseball.
  • NBC's new show Parenthood is uneven at times, but mostly pretty good. And that was before adding Minka Kelly to the cast this week.
  • Congratulations to former St. Paul Pioneer Press beat reporter Phil Miller for landing another gig covering the Twins for FSN's website. At the moment finding Miller's articles is kind of a hassle because the website isn't fully functional yet, but you can follow him on Twitter. He's a very good writer and a super nice guy too.
  • The Situation took a break from GTL long enough to shoot this funny commercial with Mets third baseman David Wright:


    Fun fact: In lieu of a lump sum payment for his endorsement of Vitamin Water several years ago Wright took a 0.5 percent stake in the company and then pocketed a cool $20 million when it was sold to Coca Cola in 2007.
  • HBO canceled his horrendous talk show after just three episodes, but as part of Joe Buck's new four-year contract with FOX he'll develop another talk show along with serving as their lead MLB and NFL play-by-play announcer. I believe the phrase is "failing upward."
  • Now that John Wall and Evan Turner have officially declared for the NBA draft, I'm sure the Timberwolves will end up picking No. 3 just like they did in 1992 with Shaquille O'Neal and Alonzo Mourning available. If they can actually avoid another Christian Laettner situation, I'm rooting for Turner over Wall. He reminds me of Brandon Roy, which of course brings up another bad draft-day memory for the Wolves.
  • Katy Perry: Terrible at making music, fantastic at wearing bikinis.
  • For my fellow degenerates, here are the gambling odds for each team winning the World Series. Yankees lead the way at 3-to-1. Nationals, Pirates, and Blue Jays bring up the rear at 150-to-1. And the Twins are tied for seventh at 18-to-1.
  • Bill Simmons and David Duchovny seems like an odd podcast recipe, but it was very good.
  • And speaking of Simmons, he's now embracing sabermetrics. As long as writing one positive column about something following years of mocking or dismissing it counts as "embracing." Either way, he's spreading the good word.
  • If you're interested in my running commentary during Twins games, follow me on Twitter.
  • Also on Twitter, this morning Peter Gammons called me "my friend Aaron Gleeman" and it made my decade.
  • New blog to check out: Just A Bit Outside.
  • Some of the highlights from my NBCSports.com blogging this week:


    - Brewers agree to long-term contract with Gallardo
    - Blocked by Votto, Reds prospect Alonso moves to left field
    - Kazmir on track to return next week, but will his raw stuff come back?
    - Blalock changes mind, accepts assignment to Triple-A
    - 27.7 percent of players on Opening Day rosters are foreign born
    - Why are the Reds rushing prospect Leake?
    - Berkman now aiming to return from knee surgery next week
    - After hiding injury, Saltalamacchia is back on the disabled list
  • Finally, this week's AG.com-approved music video is Ronnie Lane singing "Ooh La La":

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