So there’s this part in “LOTR: Return of the King” where Denethor, who has descended into madness over the death of his eldest son Boromir , demands that his younger son, Farimir ride off in a suicide mission to retake Osgiliath, which has been overrun by the orc army.
Or, um, that’s what some geek told me.
Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria was named Thursday to replace injured Chipper Jones in the United States lineup for the semi-finals of the World Baseball Classic.
Longoria was among the players on the US provisional roster submitted before the tournament began. Classic rules allow substitutions between rounds so Longoria was eligible to help a US lineup with five injured players.
“With the opportunity to make a roster change, Evan is too valuable not to have on our club,” USA Baseball chief executive Paul Seiler said.
Look, Seiler, sending Longoria out to replace the fallen Jones isn’t going to save anyone’s honor, and the way things are going, is only going to get yet another big name player hurt. Just stop the offensive, gather your forces back at Minis Tirith, and hope that Aragorn shows up with an undead army to save everyone’s bacon, OK?
Don’t judge me. That flick made over a billion dollars worldwide, so you probably saw it too.
UPDATE: Welcome Rob Neyer readers! If you think this is geeky, just scroll down to the comments. Let’s just say I’m lucky that I’m already married, because if I wasn’t, no woman would come within 100 yards of me based on some of my nerdy admissions.