November 14, 2008


  • If you've ever wanted to see a 70-year-old Tony Oliva bat against his grandson in a spirited game of Wii Baseball, now is your chance:

    Just like riding a bike. Oliva now has 1,919 career hits.
  • Halloween in Minnesota sure has changed since my trick-or-treating days.
  • Last month the Official Fantasy Girl of appeared to be showing some concerning signs of decline, but thankfully Keeley Hazell bounced back with a spectacularly not-safe-for-work Halloween costume and some sort of advertisement for something. Disaster averted.
  • Meanwhile, former Official Fantasy Girl of Jessica Alba sadly looks to be in the same phase of her career that Bret Boone was in when he signed with the Twins.
  • Not only did unknown last-minute fill-in Seth Petruzelli put a huge dent in Kimbo Slice's hype-fueled mixed martial arts career by knocking him out in 14 seconds last month, he then added some insult to the injury by dressing as him for Halloween.
  • On a related note, I'm thinking of raising some capital for a bid on Gina Carano.
  • Speaking of Slice, his 15 minutes of fame has been extended just long enough to appear on this list of the "Manliest Mustaches and Beards From Facial Hair History." Also, Chuck Norris.
  • I'll be on KFAN radio Tuesday night from 8-9 talking Twins with Doogie Wolfson and Phil Mackey, so mark your calendars. Or something. Doing radio is a lot of fun and I'd potentially like to do a lot more of it, so give us a listen.
  • Despite doing the play-by-play for a 99-loss Padres team Matt Vasgersian emerged this season as one of my favorite announcers. The bad news is that he's no longer going to call Padres games, which breaks up the great chemistry and highly entertaining partnership he had with color commentator Mark Grant. The good news is that Vasgersian has been tabbed as lead studio host for MLB Network, which launches on January 1.

    Much like NFL Network lead man Rich Eisen, Vasgersian is a perfect fit for the new venture because he's smart, funny, and very quick on his feet, along with just generally being good at his job. In addition to more or less making Vasgersian the face of the channel, MLB Network has hired Harold Reynolds and Al Leiter as studio analysts, plus Hazel Mae and Trenni Kusnierek as reporters. Ultimately their programming will determine who watches, but so far MLB Network has made some good hires.

  • There's nothing better than odd senior portraits and the poor souls who now regret posing for them.
  • I've been watching a ridiculous number of Homicide: Life on the Street reruns lately--no fewer than a half-dozen episodes per week for the past month, with 25 more waiting on my DVR--and have come to the realization that Andre Braugher is one of the most underrated television actors of his generation and Frank Pembleton is one of the greatest characters of all time:

    Tim Goodman of the San Francisco Chronicle agrees with me, even in the face of tough competition.
  • Speaking old television shows, this website is a good time-killer to waste, say, the rest of your life.
  • One of my favorite bloggers, Dave Cameron of U.S.S. Mariner, is one of 20 candidates for a $10,000 college blogging scholarship and could use your vote.
  • Had this blog existed a decade ago Lori Loughlin definitely would have been among the top Official Fantasy Girl of candidates, so it's no surprise that she's featured on this list of "Hottest Prime Time Television Mothers of All Time" ... twice.
  • If this disturbing information would've been made public, perhaps he wouldn't have taken Minnesota.
  • Seriously, for $1.2 million you can sign me up too. Maybe even a 2-for-1 deal.
  • Friend of Michael Schur has decided that producing and writing The Office, playing Dwight Schrute's cousin on various episodes, and being married to Regis Philbin's daughter may be enough to take up his time, so Fire Joe Morgan is no more. It was a helluva run, although now that Schur is no longer wasting time blogging about baseball my chances of meeting Official Fantasy Girl of second runner-up Jenna Fischer have probably declined dramatically.
  • When is a rookie not a rookie? When the Baseball Writers Association of America gets involved.
  • Their music may be wretched, but at least the Jonas Brothers have good taste.
  • Rotoworld is now on Twitter, and having no idea what that means makes me feel really, really old.
  • The comments section here has the following disclaimer: "If you wouldn't say it to someone's face, don't say it here. Comments deleted on a whim." If you've ever wondered why a note like that is needed, read this article on anonymity and the internet.
  • Finally, this week's music video is The Game doing a 50 Cent-less live version of "Hate It Or Love It":

  • Once you're done here, check out my latest "Daily Dose" column over at Rotoworld.

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