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Friday, November 13, 2009
Water on the moon? "The Lcross Mission" Noah Cross? Water where it should not naturally be? Forget it Jake . . .
I don't know why those kitty cats were even nosin' around for water up there. Don't they know what happens to nosy fellows? Huh? No? Wanna guess? Huh? No?
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 1:15pm
If you were to tell me that a Major League team bumbled its way into an international incident, I would immediately say "The Mets. It was the Mets, right?" I mean, is there any other possible answer?
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 3:29pm
So, like, I was building this prototype teleportation machine, and just as I was about to test it on Derek Jeter, the Unfrozen Caveman version of Johnny Damon accidentally fell into the transport pod. Total mess.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 3:57pm
Monday, November 16, 2009
So I'm trying to decide if, upon leaving the legal job, I'm going to keep the law license active or let it slip into inactive status. On the one hand, letting it go inactive saves me several hundred dollars and about 15 hours sitting in a classroom taking continuing legal education classes between now and the end of December. On the other hand, not actually having my license active will prevent me from filing all of those nuisance lawsuits I had always envisioned slapping on people once I left the legal job. I mean sure, I could reactivate the license by filing some paperwork and paying a small fee, but that takes a few days. What happens if I get really angry and need to sue them RIGHT NOW?!
Another career question: Starting in December, how am I supposed to answer when people ask me what I do for a living? It seems a little presumptuous of me to say "baseball writer." Roger Angell is a baseball writer. Joe Posnanski is a baseball writer. I snark on headlines and argue with people all day. At the same time, if I say "baseball blogger," about 97% of the people are going to respond with "that's . . .that's a job?" So many questions.
UPDATE: Mrs. Shyster is too good to comment among you heathens, but she did just email me and suggest that I answer thusly in response to such questions. This is why I love Mrs. Shyster.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 11:25am
I've signed way less important petitions than this one.
To: Major League Baseball, MLB Network
Do your part for democracy here.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 1:01pm
If anyone is looking for something to buy me for Christmas:
"The Official Major League Baseball World Series Film Collection" (A&E, $229.95), a spectacular DVD set that contains 20 discs featuring extensive footage of 65 World Series from 1943 to 2008.
"Thick, elongated hard"
What's not to love?
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 1:27pm
Over at NBC I figured that Beckham and Happ would win it. I even forgot to mention Andrew Bailey in my first pass at it and had to go back and update. Shows you what my figuring is worth:
A's right-hander Andrew Bailey's rise from Minor League obscurity to Major League limelight turned historic Monday when he was named the 2009 American League Rookie of the Year.
The franchise with a knack for producing some of the best young talent in the Major Leagues has another gem to add to its resume -- Chris Coghlan.
I'll take Hanson and Beckham over both of them over the long term, but hey, that's not what the award is about.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 2:55pm
New house, new duds:
Plans for the new uniforms and logos unveiled today include:
Some pics available here. Some others here. Personally, I like the elimination of pinstripes on the road, which I think looks impossibly lame. Pinstripes = sharpness. Sharpness demands white. Pinstripes on gray looks terrible.
I also like the near elimination of the "M" cap (it's still available in an alternate cap). The TC is one of the coolest logos around. The more of that the better. And of course, as I've mentioned many times in the past, the M logo gives me flashbacks to 1987 and 1991, and those Twins teams bummed me out pretty terribly.
If they really wanted to be cool they would have eliminated the solid blue home alternate which never, ever, ever, ever, ever looks good. On any team. Anywhere. at any time. Solid jerseys that don't match the pants ought to be banned.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 4:28pm
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Slow day, so I scan the news. Great (Captain Robert Falcon) Scott! Or was it Shackleton?
Roald Amundsen: the Chase Utley of explorers. Discuss.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 11:48am
Not a big surprise. Two writers voted King Felix first. One voted for Verlander. First place votes for Sabathia would have bothered me. Overall nothing to complain about here.
He's getting married on Saturday too, so all in all it's a pretty good week for Zack.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 2:41pm