August 10, 2006
- Michael S. Schmidt of the New York Times wrote an excellent feature on Francisco Liriano's journey from the Dominican Republic to the majors.
- Hall of Fame announcer Ernie Harwell wrote a nice little puff piece on Joe Mauer in the Detroit Free Press.
- Larry Millson of the Toronto Globe & Mail penned a column on Canadian-born Justin Morneau.
- And, sadly, Bob Ryan of the Boston Globe used Liriano to discuss protecting young arms from injuries.
Here's my favorite excerpt:
I follow Francis and his bodyguard through the crowd to find Kaitlyn Bultema. She's dancing on a podium and leaps off at the sight of Francis. She's wearing a skirt-and-shirt ensemble that exposes her stomach, most of her breasts and much of her bottom. I ask her why she wants to appear on "Girls Gone Wild" and she looks me in the eye and says, "I want everybody to see me because I'm hot."
"Most guys want to have sex with me and maybe I could meet one new guy, but if I get filmed everyone could see me," Bultema says. "If you do this, you might get noticed by somebody--to be an actress or a model."
I ask her why she wants to get noticed. "You want people to say, 'Hey, I saw you.' Everybody wants to be famous in some way. Getting famous will get me anything I want. If I walk into somebody's house and said, 'Give me this,' I could have it."
Normally I'd mock such an explanation, but that's exactly the sort of logic that has led to Paris Hilton becoming one of the most famous people in the country based on what is essentially zero talent or accomplishments (unless you count the skills displayed in her video). Go read the whole piece.
I'm not sure what it says about me as a person, but aside from baseball and poker the only TV shows I watch regularly are on either HBO (The Sopranos, The Wire, Lucky Louie, Big Love, Entourage, Curb Your Enthusiasm) or FX (Rescue Me, The Shield, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia). I occasionally get hooked for a brief moment on stuff like The OC or Grey's Anatomy, but quickly cut bait when things inevitably get too cheesy.
What's particularly insane about the whole thing is that the live coverage means they aren't able to use hole-card cameras, so I can't even see what cards the players are holding. Still, it's been surprisingly compelling, in large part due to good commentary from Phil Gordon and visits by various big-name pros. The real beauty of it is that by discussing the show just now, I can officially write the expense off on my taxes.
At some point I began discussing the Broncos' running-back situation, although you may have to trust me on that given the distracting links I offered up before getting to that point. My favorite e-mail of the week stated, simply: "More Christina Aguilera, less Ron Dayne."
It's funny how some "battles" don't end up following anything close to the script most people expected. For instance, once upon a time there was much debate over whether Christina Aguilera or Britney Spears was better to look at. I also assume there was some debate somewhere over which one was better to listen to, but I've been unable to uncover any evidence of that being the case.
I'm shocked--SHOCKED!--that Romero would have command issues. Alexi Casilla, the 22-year-old middle-infield prospect the Twins received for Romero, is hitting .321 with 45 steals between Single-A and Double-A.
Though [Romero's] hold on a roster spot seemed tenuous Thursday--and it's possible he could be designated for assignment if the Angels need another starter Tuesday-- [manager Mike] Scioscia continued to back the maligned left-hander.
"He's had a real good run against left-handers but has struggled against right-handers," Scioscia said. "Command has been his Achilles' heel. As he smoothes out his delivery and gets under control, you can see the stuff is there. He still has a power arm. But he has to get more consistent with his stuff."