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, July 02, 2004

Red Necks, White Sox and Blue Ribbon Beer

Where have we been? Good question. Tommy's in the midst of re-acclimating himself to the Pacific Northwest after a long move. I'm just lazy.

With all due respect to the Boston brain trust (hey, even Max Kellerman is quoting Bill James these days), Curt Leskanic lost his job as the closer for the Kansas City Royals earlier this season before becoming a Red Sox. You didn't think it was possible to lose one's job closing for KC, did you? So, B&W was not so surprised to see him blow the game and give NYY the sweep. But enough about that because you've already been told how important that series was. But come on, the deposed Royals closer?

Those guys at Fox are real White Sox fans. The three games the Sox will be national so far this season: at Safeco, where they have a miserable record the past three years (Billy Koch blew that one); at Wrigley, which is really just ancillary to having the Cubs on; at Oakland, where the Sox have won exactly one game in three years.

The other day I asked if they carried Pabst at a bar that will go unnamed. The waitress frowned and said, "No, and we don't have High Life, either. How about a Bud Ice? It's terrible, if that's what you're going for." Some people have no taste.