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Update: Dirk Hayhurst signs with the Rays

Jan 21, 2011, 10:52 AM EDT

Dirk Hayhurst

UPDATE:  It’s official: Hayhurst has signed a minor league deal with the Rays.  We know this from a news release. We know it more colorfully from Hayhurt’s own tweet:

Why hello there, Tampa fans. My name is Dirk. My hobbies include writing, speaking, pretending to be a giant firebreathing giraffe/moose.

Oh, Fortuna, please let him make the team.

Thursday, 2:06 PM: Hurm. Rob’s tweet was taken down. Perchance this was premature exuberance.  Here’s hoping the best for Dirk regardless.

Thursday, 1:39 PMRob Neyer reports — and last night I’m pretty sure the man himself hinted — that Dirk Hayhurst of “Bullpen Gospels” fame is going to sign with the Rays. I’m hoping Hayhurst does well in Tampa Bay, makes the team and sticks in The Show for a while, because he’s an awesome guy.

But really, this may be more notable for its literary implications than anything else.  Hayhurst no doubt has another book in him. Friend of HBT Jonah Keri has a book about the Rays coming out very, very soon.  How awesome would it be if Hayhurst learns all kinds of neat things about the Rays from the inside and subsequently writes his own book about them, totally debunking what Jonah writes?  It would be the most awesome baseball nerd fight of all time.  I hereby proclaim HardballTalk as neutral territory where Dirk and Jonah can argue about it all.

Or maybe not.  Either way, good look Garfoose.

  1. oldtimefamilybaseball - Jan 20, 2011 at 3:47 PM

    Looks like Neyer’s tweet has been taken down and I haven’t read anything else. Please don’t be fiction.

  2. BC - Jan 21, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    I’m sorry, but the first thing I thought of when I saw the headline was the movie “Boogie Nights”.

  3. Chris K - Jan 21, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    We will miss the Garfoose here in Canada.

  4. ThatGuy - Jan 21, 2011 at 12:19 PM

    I didn’t know you were part Swiss…

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