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!

Sunday, April 11, 2004

Forever Hold Your Piece

* I picked on Angees broadcaster Rex Hudler the other day (though a certain Angels fan didn't exactly disagree with my assessment), so to continue in this vein of ridiculing people whose job is a lot harder than it looks, let me share with you some treasures from the White Sox season: while in Kansas City, Darrin Jackson commented that the team, under new manager Ozzie Guillen, had a stronger sense of togetherness and, as he put it, "comaraderieship"; yesterday, while describing the infield shift put on for Jason Giambi, DJ described shortstop Jose Valentin as being positioned on "the second base side of second base." DJ--stay off dem treez, man.

* Speaking of the White Sox - Yankees game yesterday, how about zero earned runs for the limousine boys? If Jose Valentin hadn't airmailed an easy double play relay, and if Billy Koch hadn't one-upped him by throwing one into the stands, the score would have been Chicago 7, New York 0. Tom Gordon gave up 2 earned runs on 3 hits against his old 'mates (after saying he wanted to close, turning down an offer from Chicago and then accepting a job as a set-up guy in New York).

* Has anyone been watching Bonds bat lately? Last night he took a 2-1 fastball right down Broadway. I mean, Market Street--he plays for San Francisco, right? Whatever, it was a fastball right down the main throroughfare. A lambchop was thrown right past the wolf, and the wolf missed it; that was weird to see.

* Anyway, Michael Kay on the YES Network has the most irritating voice on earth, as I was reminded today; apologies to Wonder Dog fans. You know, last week at the Trop, when Drays fans got up to cheer with two outs and two strikes, Kay said, "and just like they do at Yankee Stadium, the fans are on their feet." Never mind the atrocious grammar; I guess I had forgotten that Yankee fans invented standing up and cheering. Today they may have invented booing their own reigning MVP (A-Hole struck out against Dan Wright after getting ahead in the count 3-0, and is "hitting" a lot like Jeff Cirillo, at .160).