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Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Ever work in retail? I worked at the office supply counter at the Ohio State Bookstore for a couple of years when I was in college. The worst thing ever was when it was five minutes from closing, you were all set to bust out of there and go throw back beers at Larry's (RIP), and then some departmental secretary came in with a purchase order for six of everything, ruining the whole deal. It kind of felt like this:
With mere hours remaining before the ball drops, so to speak, for the new MLB Network, veteran sportscaster Bob Costas has joined the party.
Costas isn't the devil or anything, and his role on opening day, as it were, isn't terribly big, but I certainly felt like the MLB Network was saying something important by not including the Shadow Commissioner before now. Like it could go its own way and forge its own path instead of relying on Costas to give it his perceived gravitas. Including him now is like the Oscars going back to Billy Crystal all the time because they don't have any other ideas. Sure, he's fine. He does a professional job and everything. But hiring him isn't exactly a profile in creativity or vision.
Ever want to know what it's like to be a scout? Here's one guy's experience.
My guess is that it's a fake article. Why? Not a single mention of cigars, cheap whiskey or pork pie hats. Based on all of the baseball movies I've seen, scouts always have that stuff.
You may still think that Selig and Fehr are liars, but Congress doesn't:
The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform said Tuesday that it was satisfied with the explanations provided by Commissioner Bud Selig and Donald Fehr, the executive director of the players union, about the accuracy of their testimony and that of other high-ranking baseball officials before the committee in 2005.
In related news, Brian McNamee and Roger Clemens' requests for similar absolution remain un-acted upon, mostly because Congress cannot stop laughing about it.
It's four in the morning, the end of December. I'm writing you now just to see if you're better. New Albany is cold, but I like where I'm living. There's music on Market Street all through the evening. OK, I'm sorry for that Leonard.
Given the holiday and the drinking and the revelry and whatnot, it will be a bit slower than usual in these parts today, but things should get back to normal soon. In the meantime, have a safe and happy new year, everyone.