March 26, 2009


  • John Brattain joined The Hardball Times in early 2005, about one year after I co-created the site, but despite giving everyone else on the staff a head start he ranks third in THT history with 234 articles. He was every bit as entertaining as he was prolific, combining an amazing sense of humor with a passion for baseball and cracking everyone up on THT's internal e-mail list when he wasn't writing some of the site's most popular columns. All of which is why I'm so sad to report that John passed away this week.

    He leaves behind a wife and two daughters, along with thousands of fans and friends at The Hardball Times, Baseball Think Factory, and the entire online baseball community. THT boss Dave Studeman created a donation drive via Paypal to help support John's family, so if you're like me and have enjoyed his writing over the years please consider making a contribution. Along with the donation you can also include a personal note for his family to read. For more information, click here. Rest in peace, John.

  • Sage advice for all the 20-year-old top prospects out there: Don't marry 43-year-old women who like to steal babies.
  • Friend of Steve Silver passes along this video of a liquor store robbery gone horribly wrong:

    The whole thing is 159 seconds of comedy gold, but my favorite part is when our hero realizes that he's had enough and decides to sit down, smoke a cigarette, and wait to be busted (or freed).
  • Winnie Cooper is officially off the market.
  • Rolling Stone celebrates the 20-year anniversary of "Bust A Move" off Young MC's debut record Stone Cold Rhymin', which may be the very first tape (yes, tape) that I can remember owning. Few things can make you feel older than the 20-year anniversary of a song whose lyrics you memorized in the second grade, although seeing the video that you probably watched 500 times on Yo! MTV Raps does the trick.
  • Bill Simmons' recent podcast with guest Bill Hader of Saturday Night Live was a hugely entertaining conversation about comedy, show business, impressions, and all things SNL, and amusingly had so little to do with sports in any way that Simmons finished the hour-long production by saying, "We should probably talk about sports for a minute or something."
  • Speaking of good podcasts, earlier this week Scott Huff and Joe Stapleton launched a new website for Two Jacks in the Hole and made their long-awaited music video debut:

    I've always been a huge fan of talk radio, but have now turned almost exclusively to podcasts for my fix. Why sit through endless commercials, weather reports, and traffic updates on talk radio when you can get uninterrupted, often superior entertainment whenever you want it via podcasters like Simmons, Huff and Stapleton, and Adam Carolla? As someone who has long dreamed of doing radio I'd love to create an podcast, but for now laziness and a complete lack of tech skills stand in the way.
  • Just when you think it's safe to write off Jennifer Love Hewitt as The Wall's latest victim, she shows up on a beach looking like this. I'm confused.
  • On the other hand, Official Fantasy Girl of runner-up Marisa Miller is remarkably consistent.
  • If you ever wanted to read 5,500 words about the life and times of Sid Hartman, now is your chance. My favorite quote from the very enjoyable Minnesota Monthly piece by Jeff Severns Guntzel comes from CNN anchor Aaron Brown: "Sid's going to outlive newspapers."
  • Here's a new Twins blog to check out: Fanatic Jack Talks Twins.
  • Naturally, this week's music video is the original version of "Bust A Move":

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