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Tuesday, October 27, 2009
At least I'm assuming that was the pitch:
The rights to the improbable story of two kids from Indian villages, who won a pitching contest without even knowing the rules of baseball and were eventually drafted, have been acquired by Sony. Rinku Singh won the Million Dollar Arm contest and was marketed to teams along with the runner-up Dinesh Patel. Both signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Although the plot doesn't necessarily have the perfect ending yet -- the two pitched 20 innings combined of rookie-A baseball this season -- the fact that they are even on the same playing field with people who have been playing baseball for their entire lives . . .
Nice casting suggestions.
Of course, given that they signed with the Pirates, the movie will be a tragedy.
(thanks to Pete Toms for the heads up)
"I don't have hate for Philly exactly -- they are like our redheaded stepchild. It's like a nothing city. It's just insignificant in comparison to New York."
-- Michael Stewart, random Yankees fan quoted in an article that brings the Phillies' hate like nothin' you're going to see today. I'm guessing that the Philly retort will come tomorrow, either in the form of a companion article in the Inquirer or via a mob hit or something.
A lot of us wanted to see at least one of the L.A. teams in this thing because of the contrast in styles and the weather and all of that. But really, it had to be New York-Philly to get this kind of trash talk going, and I for one am thrilled with it.
I'm guessing Joe Torre never would have guessed in a million years that he'd ever find a more messed up ownership situation than the one he had in New York.
(link via FanHouse)
Don't read anything I wrote this morning. Spend any free Internet time you have today here. You won't be sorry. But when you get done with that:
The best book over at that blog has to be Why our Children Drink. Points will be awarded to the best answers to that question in the comments.
Win one for George? He's got six already. Can't Hal have this one? Or maybe they can mail it to Bobby Murcer's family or to Mattingly? They always deserved one, didn't they?
I get having last night off, but is there a reason in the world why Game 1 can't be played tonight? I mean a reason that doesn't involve silly network decisions?
In the meantime: Robin Roberts reflects on the Whiz Kids and the Phillies of today. In his honor, and in honor of the 1950 series, Charlie Manuel should sit Cliff Lee for Game 1.
Also, lar has all kinds of fun with the 1950 series. Hey, if Jim Konstanty smokes Camels, why wouldn't I smoke Camels too?
Note: the last game of the 1950 World Series was played on October 7th. People keep complaining about the postseason lasting so long, but at least we still have some baseball ahead of us in late October. What did those mopes in 1950 have to look forward to? The Chinese invasion of North Korea? The Rosenberg trial?