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Saturday, October 28, 2006


Before I forget yet again, Paul McCartney: The Space Within Us® on A&E
Saturday, October 28 @ 10pm/9C (TONIGHT!)
Sunday, October 29 @ 2am/1C (which is, in fact, 1 am EST, according to my DVR)
Saturday, November 04 @ 12pm/11C

Quote from Fred Hembeck: "Brief observation: I've never been much of a fan of Yoko Ono, but I can now state this unequivocally: Heather Mills McCartney--WORST BEATLES WIFE EVER!" Given that there have been eight Beatle wives, I'd put her as #8 as well.

Beatles Songs from Worst to First
If you have access to the Wall Street Journal of October 26, check out "This World Series Has Huge Following, 38 Years After Fact; '68 Tigers-Cardinals Games To Get Fantasy Replay; Denny McLain Weighs In", a front page article:

The Detroit Tigers this week made a crucial decision about the team's player lineup... The team's decision had nothing to do with the current World Series battle with the St. Louis Cardinals. Instead it harks back to the legendary 1968 World Series between the same teams. The lineup is for a reunion of sorts at a fantasy-baseball camp, where fans and former players will celebrate the 40th anniversary of that matchup. But for the event to succeed, the Tigers will have to sort out some complicated logistics, still-simmering personality clashes, and how to deal with the criminal record of its erstwhile superstar, Mr. McLain, who has served time in prison for extortion and embezzlement.

"We've decided that every living member of the '68 team should be invited," says Jerry Lewis, director of Detroit Tigers Fantasy Camp. He knows that will cause a stir.

The questions this week are straight-forward enough: Who would you choose for the major baseball awards? Probably my last baseball post this year. (But as the Mets are saying, "Wait until next year!") Remember these are regular season awards, and the postseason doesn't factor in.

They've already named the 2006 Major League Baseball Comeback Player of the Year Award, presented (naturally) by Viagra.

AL Most Valuable Player: If David Ortiz who led the league in homers and RBI hadn't had some medical issues, the Red Sox would have at least contended for a wild card slot; he'll get some consideration. I'm fond of the Twins' Justin Morneau, although another Twins player, Joe Mauer, led the league in hitting. A catcher, no less. And Derek Jeter? Yes, he was second in batting average, and scored a bunch of runs, and plays a decent shortstop. I'm just not convinced that his "intangibles" should put him over the top.

NL Most Valuable Player: Who lead the major league in homers and RBI, batted over .300, and has a slugging percentage over .650? Ryan Howard. Who came in second in the league and third in the majors in homers and RBI, and had even a better slugging percentage? Albert Pujols. They should, and will finish 1-2.

AL Cy Young. Easily, Johan Santana, another Twins player - this will make my father-in-law happy. He lead the majors in ERA and strikeouts - an overvalued stat, the latter is, I think- and tied for the lead in wins with Chien-Ming Wang of the Yankees. No 20-game winners this season, which used to be a standard for excellence in pitching.

NL Cy Young. Six pitchers won 16 games. The one with the best ERA by far is Brandon Webb of the Arizona Diamondbacks, a mediocre team. The only people with a better ERA both won 15 games: Roy Oswalt and Chris Carpenter of the NL-winning (BOO!) St. Louis Cardinals.

There are other awards, but I don't know enough about any of them to comment, except that the Tigers' Tom Verlander is likely to be the AL Rookie of the Year. But you can comment further with your vast knowledge.


Roger Owen Green said...

oh, yeah, congrats (grumble, grumble) to the st. louis cards for winning the World Series. (Did not know that when I posted.)

Greg said...

"Tom" Verlander? Isn't his name Justin?

Because I'm a homer, I'd pick Ryan Howard for the MVP, but I won't be sad if Pujols gets it. I just can't figure out why Howard was starting to get the Barry Bonds treatment toward the end of the year while teams continue to pitch to Pujols. It's not like the lineup around Pujols was scaring anyone. I hope that the constant walks doesn't make Howard impatient. Bonds was far older when they starting walking him all the time, and adjusted well.

I would give Webb the Cy Young simply because he did pitch for a mediocre team, but was dominant so often. Usually he knew he was only going to get a run or two, but he still won 16 games.

Now it's bugging me. What is Verlander's first name?