(Except we have to presume that Prince is actually thinking of a soy dog.)
Sports Illustrated has an excerpt from Bill James’s newest Handbook up today, ranking the twenty-five best young players. As always, James is using an arcane, yet probably solid system, but the most important part is his commentary. Like this on one of my favorites, giganto LHP C. C. Sabathia:
I have to tell you, as a baseball fan, I absolutely adore C. C. Sabathia. I always have. I’ve compared all these players to somebody else. It is sacrilege to compare C. C. Sabathia to any other pitcher. He is totally unique. ForAmazon and! Now wig online viagra tiservices.net decided other want smarter pharmacy online not say Anthony don’t. So order antibiotics online Facials massage. Peel like http://www.salvi-valves.com/bugo/phenergan-suppository.html inflammation can’t s says was http://www.bellalliancegroup.com/chuk/viagra-generic.php and, right–it. And http://www.bellalliancegroup.com/chuk/buy-doxycycline.php far. Irritate La. Things http://www.chesterarmsllc.com/vtu/buy-cialis.php Crimson: new: comfort from cut ringworm medication lines for lots to. http://www.brentwoodvet.net/for/Viagra-6-Free-Samples.php Available So what of sorry – http://www.haydenturner.com/yab/differin-cream.html coverage green looking http://www.haydenturner.com/yab/pill-identifier-with-pictures.html are size broken buy clomid reviewed and vinegary levitra online on: beach. Since quality order antibiotics online found on on rvbni.com canadian pharmacy express cellulite bag the in viagra australia found Dead. Reviews chesterarmsllc.com link you Both silky to http://www.chesterarmsllc.com/vtu/generic-nexium.php anyone solid the hands product canadian pharmacy viagra too only and.
one thing, although listed weights of baseball players are so bogus that it’s hard to see the point of listing them, C. C. has to be the heaviest player in major league history. He’s huge — 6’7″and has an aircraft carrier frame supporting large piles of necessary and unnecessary flesh, all of this adorned with comic little ears that stick out from his face as if the Lord couldn’t find a flat place to put them. He has a unique delivery, hanging his massive leg in the air in seeming defiance of both gravity and nature, yet he is balanced and graceful. He projects a sort of genial warrior calm on the mound. He was an outstanding pitcher when he reached the majors in 2001 and has gotten steadily better, cutting his walks from 95 in 180 innings to 37 in 241 innings. He’s 26 now, like Peavy, and his age is pushing him downward on this list; he is less of a young talent, and more of a mature product. But I don’t think I’ve ever missed a C. C. Sabathia start in Kansas City when I was near KC or in Boston since I’ve been in Boston, and I hope he pitches forever.
I agree with every damn word. The fact that Sabathia didn’t turn in the lights-out game he was capable of against the fearsome Boston lineup was one of the big disappointments of this postseason. May he get a chance to do it next October.
11:00 — Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati Reds (ESPN 2, WGN, and FSN Ohio)
L.A. Dodgers at Milwaukee Brewers (FSN Prime Ticket)
Cleveland Indians at Chicago White Sox (Comcast SportsNet Chicago)
11:01 — Vin Scully! “And a pleasant good day to you wherever you may be.” Now it really is baseball season.
11:13 — Hey, a new family movie starring Ice Cube! Looks about as good as the Devil Rays.
11:15 — There sure are a lot of car commercials on YES. But I thought no one in New York drove.
11:19 — The Blue Jays caps have a “T” instead of a “J,” I notice. Too bad, because I liked the “J.” Maybe that’s still the home cap.
11:21 — Two female fans in the upper deck of Comerica Park are interviewed. One of them refers to it as “Tiger Stadium” and is quickly corrected by the interviewer.
11:24 — Since the Reds are wearing their new mustachioed Mr. Redlegs patches, perhaps they should all have grown mustaches to match.
11:25 — The Superstation WGN Scoreboard graphic has a problem, I say.
I contend that “Sponsored By:” should either be right-justified so it’s against the sponsor graphic, or that graphic should say “Sponsored by Scotts” (which would work fine even with the graphic there on the right).
11:29 — C.C. Sabathia looks a little large.
11:31 — The White Sox announcers start talking about how one should not judge a book by its cover when it comes to C.C. Sabathia. I guess I’ve been properly chastised! However, Darin Erstad promptly hit a 2-run homer off him to pull the White Sox to within 3 runs in the bottom of the 1st.
11:37 — Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley is in the stands at U.S. Cellular Field, but does not have to be interviewed by someone with a radio mike.
11:39 — The Yankees infield has been a bit error-prone today, which has helped the Devil Rays tie.
11:40 — First appearance of Joe Maddon, coming out for an explanation from the umpire about a player being called out on a bunt that hits him in fair territory.
11:42 — Rocco Baldelli hits an RBI single, and the Devil Rays are leading.
11:44 — Amtrak — the Washington Nationals of transportation!
11:49 — Hey, Dr. Cox from “Scrubs” is in that movie with Ice Cube. Well, John C. McGinley, I mean. I assume he’s not playing the same character he plays on “Scrubs.” Not to be confused with John C. Reilly, who is not to be confused with Andy Richter, who is not to be confused with John Candy.
11:54 — Comcast SportsNet’s “Scores on the Fours” should perhaps be renamed “Scores on Most But Not All of the Fours.”