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According to Jack Curry in The New York Times, it appears unlikely that Alex Rodriguez will play in the WBC after all. This is getting silly; either yer in or out. Rodriguez's coy deliberation has become a bore. Let's move on.
I was skiing with my cousin and his best friend the other day and they were both raised and born in the Dominican Republic, and they still live there. They constantly kept making long distance calls from Vermont so they could find out how their team was doing in the divisional round. My cousin's best friend actually had the audacity to tell me that the player with the best bat control that he's ever seen is Jose Offerman - I believe he hit a 3 run homerun in the game they were calling about to tie the game in the 9th. Anyhow, when he said Offerman was so great I nearly fell off the lift - the entire time I was with him that was always the topic of conversation. He even said he'd take Offerman from a list of Pujols, Ortiz, and ARod. WOW!!! Anyhow, we spent countless hours going over the best games they've seen over there and comparing them to the best games I've seen here. We went through many bottles of Green Label and it was great because the wives were cooking and we were drinking and talking baseball
.I've only been to one game over there and that was back in 85. I need to go back and experience a game between Licey and Las Aguilas. They kept telling me that it's more passionate than the Red Sox - Yankee rivalry. I guess I need to experience that myself. One other thing I got from them was how they follow the game - statistically speaking. I asked them: what stats do you guide yourself by? And they simply said, by what I see. To them, Willie Wilson was one of the best players that has ever played winter ball over there. I guess it's all a matter of where your from and where your at.
I think it is a decision worth pondering, and a damned-if-you-do damned-if-you-dont choice. However.....
I have no problems with ARod. Its the flurry of (boring) writers, with nothing better to write about, who need to analyze the depth and timber of every one of ARod's farts.
I know Newspapers/Websites need to fill up space (especially in a quiet off-season), but shouldn't we hold writers to higher standards? Jeez.... ARod plays poker. ARod changes his mind. ARod has bowel movments. Let's shoot the guy.
If mainstream writers wrote as diversely and intelligently as Alex and Cliff, we wouldn't be subjected to all this ARod dribble!
You'll find them in the 8th category down.
It's bad enough that these people are so fixated on interpreting his character from afar; but then to accuse him of being a narcissist seems kind of ironic.
I think if he spent have as much time thinking about his image as his critics seem to, he'd never have the time left to... I dunno... win MVP awards.
Like you, Alex, I say bring em on.
Thanks for the link. BB got my vote.
We get pitchers and catchers reporting once a year. Its something we all look forward to. Anticipating the arrival of that glorious date is one of the great rites of the winter months. I don't want or need that detracted from with this thing. Christ we're not soccer fans, we don't need this thing to prove the relevance of our sport or our patriotic ardor. Why? Why? Why? Why? Please Bud, just go away.
Yea, what he said.
The timing of the games is incredibly stupid.
You should do a spot on that show.
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