April 24, 2009


  • Motherhood has sadly robbed Jessica Alba of her consistency, but the former Official Fantasy Girl of AG.com still cleans up pretty well.
  • King Kaufman has started blogging after stopping his long-running Salon.com column and blogged recently about something that I've been yammering about for years: Reporting is not a paper product.
  • Jose Morales hasn't exactly been impressive splitting time behind the plate with Mike Redmond, batting .250/.308/.333 in 26 plate appearances while struggling defensively, but after going 0-for-4 last night Drew Butera is hitting .207/.250/.276 at Triple-A. Also, lots of e-mails lately wondering if Morales' game-calling is screwing up the Twins' pitchers, but they actually have a slightly lower ERA throwing to him than Redmond so far.
  • Meanwhile, Joe Mauer is scheduled to begin a six-game minor-league rehab assignment tonight.
  • One of my all-time favorite basketball players, Dikembe Mutombo, suffered a knee injury earlier this week and is calling it a career after 18 seasons in the NBA.

    The three things that I always imitated while playing basketball as a kid were a) Bobby Jackson's high socks, b) Isaiah Rider's free-throw routine, and c) Mutombo's finger wag.
  • Kenny Powers has been doing a sh**-ton of Twitter updates.
  • Earlier this week the Brewers traded Jason Tyner to the Tigers for ... well, nothing. Still seems like kind of a lot for a guy who hit .248/.333/.296 at Triple-A last year and is off to a 2-for-21 start this year.
  • Gregg Rosenthal's wife may have surpassed Bill Simmons' wife as the most consistently amusing spouse portrayed in her husband's columns.
  • Playing the media like a fiddle as always, Torii Hunter got the local reporters excited about possibly, maybe, perhaps ending his career in Minnesota and then slammed on the breaks once he got back to California. I'm now convinced that he'll say literally anything as long as it causes someone clutching a notebook to nod and write it down.
  • Still awesome: In Treatment.
  • Even if my Sirius stock is worth slightly less than my collection of Bobby Kielty rookie cards, it's nice to know that Howard Stern is still king.
  • As expected, Philip Humber will join the Triple-A rotation at Rochester after clearing waivers.
  • Here are some of the highlights from my NBCSports.com blogging this week:

    - Scott Baker the homer maker
    - David Ortiz: Triples machine
    - The Next Big Thing: Gordon Beckham
    - Pettitte, Rivera tie starter-closer wins record
    - Demetri Martin joins cast for Moneyball movie
    - Angels call up Brandon Wood from Triple-A
    - Betancourt wearing out his welcome in Seattle
    - Time to give Owings more opportunities to hit

    If nothing else, the entry on Baker should be of interest to anyone reading this blog.

  • Finally, this week's AG.com-approved music video is The Mighty Mighty Bosstones with a live version of "The Impression That I Get":

  • Once you're done here, check out my "Circling The Bases" blog over at NBCSports.com.

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