Longtime reader TC Shillingford, late of Mr. Thursday’s Curious Mechanism, emailed me his own 25 things. Many of them were interesting, but this one may have been the most fun:
12. Based on the information I have available to me (not to mention my understanding of that information), not only am I not opposed to steroid usage in baseball, but I support it. If it really does help keep players healthy and on the field, then I say great. Baseball is a war or attrition, and so many promising young careers have been dissolved by injury. If a wonder pill can keep them on the field, I don’t see the problem with it. If there ARE long-term health problems, though, I’m willing to reconsider my position. I have no animosity toward Barry Bonds, outside of the way he generally comes off as less than pleasant, and, frankly, there have been few times in my life I’ve enjoyed baseball as much as I did when he was playing it the way Ruth did.
I think Jack Marshall just plotzed.
This one was far stranger:
21. I have long thought that Radiohead’s “Exit Music (for a film)” would make an excellent song for a closer. The lyrics are simple and easy to understand, and would serve a closer well, albeit in a somewhat unique fashion. The song is a slow builder, though, so in my fantasy, the closer is of Rivera-like dominance and celebrity, and so the whole crowd gets into it, sings along, and finishes the song after the music has cut out and the inning has begun, perhaps concluding the song just as the closer finishes in the inning.
I love that song but, Um, I don’t see it happening.