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Provocation of the day: Baseball Daily Digest

Mar 22, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

Headline: “Did the Twins just lock up the next Jason Kendall?”

The answer, ultimately, is “probably not,” but the article is worth reading if for no other reason than to be reminded that there was a time when Jason Kendall was pretty close to awesome.

I like headlines that make people freak out for a minute though, so the fact that the article itself is interesting is pure gravy as far as I’m concerned

  1. And Now For Something Completely Different - Mar 22, 2010 at 4:30 PM

    Posting this because frankly I can’t think of to comment on this one.
    Woman 1: It’s funny that penguin being there, isn’t it? What’s it doing there?
    Woman 2: Standing.
    Woman 1: I can see that! Where did it come from?
    Woman 2: Perhaps it comes from next door.
    Woman 1: Penguins don’t come from next door; they come from the Antarctic!
    Woman 2: BURMA!
    Woman 1: Why’d you say “Burma”?
    Woman 2: I panicked.
    . . .
    TV Announcer: It’s just gone eight o’clock and time for the penguin on top of your television set to explode.
    [The penguin explodes]
    Woman 1: How did he know that was going to happen?
    TV Announcer: It was an inspired guess.

  2. ecp - Mar 22, 2010 at 4:56 PM

    Jason Kendall is Joe Mauer’s third comp through age 26:
    http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/mauerjo01.shtml
    But Twins fans can console themselves with Bill Dickey at #1 and Yogi Berra at #2.
    Every long term contract is a risk from an injury standpoint; this one no more so than any other, outside of the higher injury risk to catchers than other position players.

  3. scatterbrian - Mar 22, 2010 at 5:33 PM

    Does this mean Mauer will eventually get into a custody battle, and his wife will show up to court alongside Trent Reznor’s son?

  4. Old Gator - Mar 22, 2010 at 10:17 PM

    As Craig will admit when forced into a corner – he is, after all, a fundamentally honest pundit when cornered – speculating about Joe Mauer’s chances of being made Borg was the most fun a sports blogger could have with his pants on. There’s nothing left for them now but Pujols. If he gets wrapped by the Cards soon, these guys are going to be left with nothing but reality. Granted, reality is still the best place to get a steak, but if you write about sports for a living, it’s not an especially appealing space regardless.

  5. Craig Calcaterra - Mar 22, 2010 at 10:21 PM

    You’re right about that. Indeed, the day FOX ran that photoshopped pic of Pujols in the Yankees uniform was probably the happiest day of my blogging life. The best thing that could ever happen would be for (a) Pujols to hit the market; (b) The Yankees to sign him; (c) two days later the contract gets nullified for some technical reason; (d) Pujols signs back with the Cardinals.
    If that were to happen, I’d probably just retire as soon as the cycle of outrage, glee, sadness and schadenfreude had run its course. No more worlds left to conquer, you know.

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