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

Grumblings and Mumblings

* First off, in case you missed it, the Tigers are undefeated. They've scored over 20 runs in their first four games; last year, they were 1-10 before they had scored 20 runs. That leads us to the first question of the day: How much do the Twins miss LaTroy Hawkins? The Twinkies rallied to tie yesterday's game 4-4 and then had their bullpen do its best White Sox impersonation: suddenly it was 9-4 and the Tigers were looking like this year's Royals.

* Apologies to any Angels fans, but Rex "Wonder Dog" Hudler has the most irritating voice in television broadcasting. Except for maybe Thom Brennaman. In any case, during yesterday's unlikely come-from-behind win over Tommy's Mariners, Wonder Dork dropped one of those lines that only the truly stupid let slip. Commenting on the fact that M's closer Eddie Guardado was injured, Rex posited that Seattle would utilize a "bullpen by committee" for the time being. Hey, asshole, name one bullpen that is not a fucking committee.

* Anyone who watched the Yankees beat the White Sox, 3-1, should have duly noted a few things. First, Scott Schoeneweis, who owns a career ERA of 5.08 as a starter and hasn't started a game in almost two years, got the ball for Chicago; second, the Yankees have a pretty good lineup; third, if Schoeneweis hadn't walked the first two batters he faced, the score would have been 1-1 heading into the bottom of the ninth, since Sheffield's 15-foot swinging bunt and Posada's sac fly scored those walks. The Yankees had the bases loaded in each of the first two innings and only scored two runs. Posada hit a solo homer later in the game. Javier Vazquez (8 IP, 3 H, 1 ER) was scary good. Not as scary looking as Kevin Brown, but very, very good. On the plus side for the Pale Hose, Joe Crede flashed some serious leather at 3rd base, Schoeneweis was sharp after he settled down, Neal Cotts exorcised his Bronx demons and Jon "Lo-Carb" Adkins actually looked like a major league pitcher out there.

* Re: Paul Abbott. During his 16-win season with the Mariners, he averaged right around 7 runs of support per start. But, he looked damn good against the Yanks the other night. It's not as if his 5.1 no-hit innings were a total gift of great defense, lucky bounces and the like. He was dealing. It'll be interesting to see if he can keep it up.

* For his walk-up music yesterday, Hideki Matsui chose "Day Tripper" by the Beatles. I took this to mean that Japanese baseball players have far better taste in music than American baseball players, since most of the Yankees lineup walked up to your typical Clear Channel bullshit. Karl Ravech? Comments? (If you're scratching your head in confusion, see the "Brown-Eyed Girl" post).