In 1881 the future National League wanted to upgrade its image and target a more upscale fan base by doubling ticket prices, banning gambling, and outlawing alcohol sales. Several team owners who happened to be brewers refused to accept the new rules and banded together to form what would eventually become the American League. The National League attempted to discredit the new league by dubbing it the Beer and Whiskey League. This, of course only made the new league more popular. Duh!

Friday, April 09, 2004

Children of Around the Horn

Here's a quick look at what's happening in the world wide baseball web:

* The stat-heads (and I do not mean that disparagingly) over at The Hardball Times have posted their staff predictions. While most every baseball page has their predictions, what I find fascinating about this particular set is the near unanimity of the ten writers. Statistics are supposed to provide objective analysis. It appears that objective analysis can lead to uniform analysis as well.

* ... and speaking of the annoying Angels (to continue Steve's rant on Rex) ... David over at the U.S.S. Mariner posted this hilarious observation the other day:


Fun quotes from the Anaheim feed.
"Freddy is rolling. He's retired seven in a row with a walk in between."
So, he hasn't retired seven in a row, then...

* Although I haven't put up the AL East links quite yet, I reccomend that you go check out Soxaholix. This is, by far, one of the most entertaining baseball blogs I've seen. Thanks to the Cinetrix for passing along the groovy link.

* The folks over at The Tigers Weblog (and you bet they must be wetting their pants in joy) are not only following this season but are putting together a retrosheet of the 1984 season. That sounds like a great idea. Perhaps some enterprising blogger from Mariner Nation might put together a retrosheet next year to celebrate the ten-year anniversary of the 1995 Mariners ... ah, I can still remember sitting in an annoying sports bar in Minnesota watching game five of the ALDS and seeing Edgar hit "the double." I started screaming so loud that I was actually told to quiet down. I guess the frat boys couldn't hear themselves grunt over my cries of joy. Ah ... good times, indeed.

* According to the reliable sources, Johnny Damon -- the half-Thai sports wunderkind ... well, other than Tiger, the other half-Thai sports wunderkind -- is now officially known as The Passion:
The hair gives him power. He actually just threw out the winning run at the plate in the 10th at Baltimore. Old, cleancut Damon was notorious for his Charmin arm. The hair must provide some kind centripetal momentum as his arm comes around.
Hmmm ... note to self: marry a Thai woman, have plenty of half-thai kids, train them into Atheletes, retire early. Make sure at least one of them throws left-handed.

* I know I've mentioned this before but I think it needs to be said again: Jack McDowell is one of the most annoying baseball writers out there. Great pitcher, terrible writer ... he's quickly becoming the Joe Morgan of Internet Publishing.

* I just recently noticed that The Sporting News web page has been coopted by Fox Sports which is, of course, just as bad as Fox News. Let's just hope that a fine writer like Ken Rosenthal can get out of their before the Fox culture infects him too.

* I'm listening to the Chi Sox give the Yankees a nice little spanking. It's 9-1 in the bottom of the seventh. Anyhoo, one of the Chi Sox announcers just mentioned that the Yankees might not have recovered from their trip to the Orient. That just struck me as weird. Do people not talking about the 19th-century spice trades or the travels of Marco Polo still say the orient? Besides, the Yankees and Drays just went to Japan. That would be like going to England and then telling people you went to visit Europe. Stupid island nations.