Apr 4, 2011, 8:23 AM EST
It actually feels like it was a long weekend for me since I took most of Friday to head up to Cleveland and take in the Indians-White Sox on Opening Day at Progressive Field. It was not the most competitive game in baseball history. Indeed, I’m pretty sure it was 198-0 by the time I settled into my seat (note: the Indians stocked the fridge in the Indians Social Suite on Friday, so my memory of the score may be a bit … skewed).
But bad baseball is still a good thing, so I’d like to thank the Indians for having me up there. And for not revoking my tickets for inviting these guys with me up into the suite for the express purposes of causing trouble in front of team officials and visiting dignitaries. It was awkward for a while — no one likes to be accused of being an honor-free racist — but we all bonded over the fact that this Bob Feller silhouette shirt I met in a bar is pretty fantastic, so it was all good.
Here’s a bit of what else went down this weekend:
- Jim Edmonds has a beef with the Cincinnati Reds’ doctors. Hey Jim: they won’t tell you how to misplay fly balls into spectacular, reputation-making diving catches if you don’t tell them how to diagnose and treat an achilles injury, OK?
- Johnny Damon tries to bring the ol’ hook-and-ladder play to baseball and people complain about it. Haters. You’ll miss his genius when he’s gone.
- When your only chance at contention is everyone in the rotation fulfilling expectations or better, this is not good news.
- Brian Cashman, Pedro Feliciano and Abuse-Gate. File this under “stuff that no one would care about if it involved the Mariners and Brewers.”
- The Yankees allegedly cheated via hand signals and stuff. File this under “stuff no one would have even noticed if it involved the Mariners and Brewers.”
- Alfredo Simon reports to the Orioles camp. You know what the Mexicans say about Sarasota? They say it has no memory.
- Evan Longoria is the 1000th player to suffer from an oblique injury this spring, so he wins a prize.
- If you’re going to risk your job to insert a “Family Guy” snippet into a baseball broadcast, you need to get a better bang for your buck than this. And actually, you may as well just go all-out and insert an “Archer” snippet.
I mean, really: this is like O. Henry and Alanis Morrisette had a baby and named it “this exact situation”.
- Merry Christmas from HBT! 43
- THE YEAR IN REVIEW: HBT’s most commented-upon stories of the year 84
- The Yankees are treating Alex Rodriguez differently than they treated Derek Jeter. So what? 36
- Braves sign setup man Jason Grilli to two-year contract 13
- My Imaginary Hall of Fame Ballot 120
- Phil Hughes signs a three-year extension with the Twins 27
- The Padres have talked to the Phillies about Cole Hamels 23
- Why is John Smoltz a shoo-in for the Hall of Fame? 63
- Bud Selig will get a $6 million a year pension. Which is obscene. (145)
- My Imaginary Hall of Fame Ballot (120)
- Today’s specious anti-Mike Piazza-for-the-Hall-Fame argument (94)
- St. Petersburg City Council votes down deal to allow Rays to look for new stadium site (90)
- Phillies GM told Ryan Howard they’d be better off “not with him but without him” (85)