Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Spring Training picture of the day
Why this photo and not another, you might ask? Because catchers are hot, that's why. Joe Mauer, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, and now Dusty Brown. Maybe it's all that padding. Who knows. I dig it.
The Boston media is giving an undue amount of attention to the Bartolo Colon deal. This makes no sense to me. I fully expect Colon to get shelled for 8 or 9 runs in 12 2/3 innings over 3 games down in Pawtucket and then ultimately be released when he messily devours Jed Lowrie after mistaking him for a Twinkie with hair. Yes, it's tempting to think that everything Theo Epstein touches turns to gold, but my goodness have we ALREADY forgotten the lesson of Eric Gagne? I get hives just thinking about that trade. Anyhoo, the bottom line is that I'm not going to waste time browsing pictures of Bartolo when I can be drooling over our farm system instead.
Please note how well I'm resisting the urge to make a tasteless joke involving Colon's last name.
On a non-Red Sox note, can I just say how much I love the AP stories that make it into the ESPN.com headlines? They're always reports of someone saying something controversial with no source, location, or byline. Like this little tidbit about Cubs CEO Sam Zell apparently telling someone, somewhere (his barber? his dog? an uninterested Alfonso Soriano?) that he wouldn't care about changing the name of Wrigley Field. Which he shouldn't, because Wrigley is already named after a corporate sponsor, so what on earth difference does it make? In fact, I'd be excited to see a name change at Wrigley, if only because I have to imagine that the ensuing Jay Mariotti columns would be hilarious. I'm not going to lie: I kind of love reading Mariotti, if only because I get a kick out of the obvious seething contempt he has for his media colleagues, Chicago fans, and generally speaking everyone who is not him. He's like the Dick Cheney of sports reporting. Do I think Mariotti would "accidentally" shoot someone in the face on a hunting trip? Absolutely I do. I sincerely hope to see a "Let's Change the Name of Wrigley Field to We Are Purposely Allowing the Brewers to Win the Division Every Year for the Next Ten Years Field, and Chicago Fans Are Stupid Homers For Disagreeing With Me" column in the Sun-Times sometime within the next week.