It's the top of the 9th inning during the Venezuela / Dominican Republic World Baseball Classic game. It's intense stuff. I think people are getting sucked into this whole thing, and I'm one of them. TEJADA ERROR!!!! WOW.
And if you think those are my only baseball thoughts, think again. Below is a list of links I've recently noted to my del.icio.us account.
But first - DUANER SANCHEZ! Is this what we can expect from the new NY Mets bullpen??? The bases are loaded now. Whew. Popout to right field. That was intense.
The Baseball Journals » HOK Renderings of Nationals Ballpark Design
Nothing says top-notch ballpark like a view over the outfield into the parking garage!
The $39 Experiment: Asking Random Companies for Free Stuff
I'm ready for the next baseball game. Is there another baseball game on tonight? Does anyone remember that book "Free Stuff for Kids?" I think I had two different editions when I was young. I remember getting a free "ban handguns" decal. I'm sure I got other things, but I can't remember what they were.
Shades of August: VRE has heat restrictions
Commuter trains from DC to my hometown also slow down every August. How much will it take to fix this and can it be taken care of right away? It's completely silly for modern transportation systems to have these issues.
If I ever live an hour or two from my workplace and find myself able to commute via train, I sure would like to have a group of commuter friends so we could play board games during the trip.
The Baseball Journals » Funding Stadiums: An Unassisted Triple Play Is Easier
A call for MLB to develop a central stadium fund - and a nice summary of what's involved in trying to get a new stadium for a ballclub
If you follow the business of baseball, I think this website is a must-read.
Baseball Prospectus | Baseball Between the Numbers - What Do Statistics Tell Us About Steroids?
no subscription required.
Unrelated - should I order an LCD Soundsystem album?
AZ Snakepit :: Woo! Canada!
I read to this line - "the smug face of Derek Jeter ambled to the plate, and I suddenly was more Canadian than Wayne Gretzky after he's downed a six-pack of Molson." and I knew I had to share.
Overheard in New York: The Voice of the City - Real Bunny Eyes Dissolve, Too
My favorite "overheard" for the month of March.
I'm in favor of pronouncing things "my favorite ___ of the month" before the month makes it to the halfway point.
Stewart gets mixed reviews: What the hell were they expecting? - TV Squad
Regarding Stewart, I've got to agree with the thoughts here. Except there was no sushi at my Oscar party.
Should I order sushi for the next Oscar party? What about for the next game day party? Anyone up for Cluzzle sometime soon?
I so wanted this to be about stadium hot dogs. (via baseballmusings.com)
I'm going on another baseball trip this summer. To the midwest, no less. That's where the good hot dogs are, right? I'm not sure I'll want to have a dog at every stadium. I did that during last year's trip. I need a new hook for this trip!
Pitchfork: Daily Music News - TV On the Radio signs to Interscope
For the record, I'm a fan of any article that starts "Following in the footsteps of Therapy?"
For the record, I'm a fan of sentences I start with "for the record."
NYDN - Entertainment - 'Simpsons' role a Homer run for 'Office' manager
The other day I realized I didn't set the Simpsons as an "always record." I must make sure to record this one.
It airs March 26th. I made this note about three weeks ago and I still haven't set up The Simpsons. But have I grabbed you by the shoulders and told you to start recording CAMPUS LADIES??? If I haven't, I will. The show is that funny.
The House Next Door: To the point
A Matt Zoller Seitz rumination on digital cable guide log lines for movies.
Strange New Products: Beer Can with Lip Wrapper
This will soon sweep across America. Germophobes, get your wallets out.
Daily Graphing: Carl Crawford -- The Hardball Times
A quick, worthwhile look at the lack of walks Crawford takes.
I'm trying to remember if it was acceptable for parents to have beer on the sidelines when I played t-ball. I doubt it was. Man, sipping a 16oz. tall boy in one of those ribboned folding chairs during a hot summer afternoon sounds ideal right now, doesn't it?
AaronGleeman.com - Book Review: The Mind of Bill James
There's a Bill James bobblehead doll??!?!! Sometimes marketing really is the best thing ever.
I think baseballmusings or somone else recently mentioned the new issue of Esquire (the one with Rosario Dawson on the cover) has an interview with James. No talk about this book or the bobblehead doll, though. Speaking of Esquire, does anyone read this? Or any magazines anymore? I heard it contained the James interview and bought the magazine. I've flipped through it a few times. I just don't understand magazines anymore. And I want to. But do I need 1/2 a page telling me "How to Impress Her for Twenty-Five Dollars or Less?" I am never ever going to buy plain white handkerchiefs from Brooks Brothers!!! But just now I saw Leslie Bibb's name! I loved her in POPULAR. I had no idea she's currently on CROSSING JORDAN. Why does no one tell me these things?
A Fan's Guide to the Midwest League
cool. i wonder if this summer's baseball trip will take me through any of these towns?
Baseball Prospectus | Bronx Bummer - The Yankees Stadium Deal
"It shouldn't matter whether the public is putting in 75%, or 33%, or 10%--what should matter is that if we the people are putting in the same share of the cost as the team, we should be reaping roughly the same share of the benefits." (sub. req'd)
This is the all baseball stadium edition of balgavy.com, I guess.
Inside the Dodgers
from the front office of the dodgers. this could be fun. i wish more companies created this sort of thing. (via baseballmusings.com)
I mean that. I'm totally serious when I think that more corporate blogging should be done in this fashion.
Adrants » DVR-Resistant 'Smushed' Ad Grabs Attention
while watching THE OC last week I paused, then watched this ad.
FYI: The baseball game is over, in case you couldn't tell. I'm now watching an old episode of NY NOISE. I dig that OF MONTREAL.
Boing Boing: Google Video DRM: Why is Hollywood more important than users?
must reading for anyone interested in digital delivery of content
So when is everything going to be decided? I just want to download the new version of Quicken and figure out what I owe everyone now for the next year of content I want to bring into my home. Can that happen? HBO, can I give you $50 now for the next year of everything you produce? Or do you want me to send my $10 directly to David Chase? Wait, was that Time Warner calling my name? Do you want a cut? Tell you what - NO. I already give you too much money. I alternately love and hate talking about this kind of stuff.
HBO wants its programming to be off-limits for DVRs
egads. life gets better. life gets worse. (via pvrwire.com)
Have I mentioned that I love cupcakes? They're a great dessert option. Not to take anything away from cake, but there's something fun about cupcakes. The individual decoration on the top of each cake! The challenge of eating a cupcake without getting icing on your moustache! The greatness of not having to force the birthday person to cut his or her own cake. So, yeah, put me down in the pro-cupcake column.
ESPN.com - MLB - Rickey Henderson back with Mets ... as instructor
also scroll to find out PEDRO'S SPECIAL SHOE HASN'T ARRIVED!
Henderson isn't contracted to be an instructor for more than a few random weeks. And that Jose Reyes! Stealing third in the WBC game. Since Reyes is playing in the WBC, does that mean he's missing out on Henderson's instruction??? Can someone answer this right away?
Fimoculous.com: Feeding On Itself
two bits of cereal news! who knew rex @ fimoculous even had a cereal category! (He links to Cereality, a cereal ba & cafe from Philly that's already spread to Chicago and Tempe).
Oooh, I just remembered that I haven't watched last night's Real World/Road Rules Challenge! I'm hitting post post-haste!