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You asked me questions on Twitter. So I shall answer them.

Jun 9, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

The Question

If it’s Thursday, it’s Twitter question day. Here are the ones that didn’t make the video, which will be posted in a few minutes:

Q: Was Billy Beane smart enough to put in some kind of escape clause with Bob Geren?

Yep. Geren turns 50 this September. Few people know this, but his contract requires that he be taken from the great domed city and killed on that date. Unless, of course, he can be reborn in the fiery ritual of carrousel.  If you look closely, his LifeLock is blinking red right now, and will soon be black.

Q: When you become commissioner of MLB this month, can you please put Adam Dunn in the HR Derby even though he’s sucking?

Yes. But only if I have time after I take over the Dodgers, institute instant replay, and abolish the blackout rules.

Q: Which has a larger negative influence on MLB: bad Fox broadcasters or crazy blackout rules?

See the response to the previous question.

Q: Do you have any lefthanded friends who would like to be a member of the Yankees bullpen?

My friend Jonny. Jonny Venters. You can have him for Robinson Cano, but you have to take Uggla and his entire contract in the deal as well.

Q:  Why did you return for the last few episodes of Smallville after disappearing for several seasons?

I always wanted to be back earlier, but I was busy working on my plan to send nukes into the San Andreas Fault. The idea, see, is that the explosion and subsequent earthquakes would sink California and leave all of that barren desert land I bought as the new West Coast of the United States, greatly increasing its value. Its capital would be Otisville.

Q: Bryce Harper blah blah blah Big Papi blah blah blah double standard blah blah blah … nobody cares if Harper sucks, right?

Probably not, actually. Buster Posey and Bryce Harper taught us these past few weeks that there are different rules for superstars.

Q:  Can we talk about how you can possibly not love tennis?

This is in response to my ignoring/mocking a bunch of tweets about the French Open last weekend.  And it’s not that I don’t like tennis. Indeed, there was a time in my life when I loved it. Really, for several years in the late 80s and early 90s the race for my second favorite sport was fairly close between tennis and the NBA. I can’t really explain it. I just loved it. But like so many things, I let them drop when I got into my 20s.  And it will always be that way, I suspect. Really, I have no idea how people find the time to obsess on more than one sport after the age of 22 or so.

Q: Any reason for Washington to not start Ogando in the All-Star Game?

Not too many good ones. It’s amazing how low he has flown under the radar screen this season. 7-0, 2.10 ERA, 0.90 WHIP, 60 K and 18 BB in 81 innings. Just as good if not better than anyone in the AL at the moment.

Q: If a tree falls in the forest and no one sees it, will Joe West still pick a fight with it?

Yes. After which the tree will be suspended for three games and nothin’ happens to Joe West.

Q: Oh and can we talk about what kind of moron goes thru such public humiliation without even meeting anyone???

I’m going to guess that that’s about Anthony Weiner. Which is a controversy I don’t really have a personal stake in so I’ll tread lightly. But I will say this: no woman I have ever met in my life would actually find a emailed crotch shot to be an essential brushstroke in the fine art of seduction, and I’m not sure I want to meet the woman who would.

Q: What’s more frightening in MLB: going to see Dr. Andrews or being drafted by the Royals?

As time goes on and their respective systems become more and more refined, each is less scary than it used to be.

Q: Pick one: Bud, Roger, Stern, Gary B for the value they have added to your fandom experience?

Since I’m not a fan of football, basketball or hockey, I should say Bud.  But let’s think about this: both the NFL and NHL help keep NBC Sports in business. Because NBC Sports is in business, they can afford to pay me. Because I have a job that requires me to watch baseball all the time, my baseball fan experience is way better. So, indirectly, Roger and Gary B. have done way more to enhance my baseball fandom than Bud Selig has.

Q: Does One Night in Bangkok make a hard man humble?

Get tied, you’re talkin’ to a tourist whose every move’s among the purist. I get my kicks above the waistline, sunshine.

Q: What’s the one question you wish reporters would ask more often at post-game press conferences that they currently don’t?

What did Rawls mean in Political Liberalism when he used the phrase “a fully adequate scheme of equal basic liberties”? Was he suggesting a rationing of liberty? Should truly free moral agents be satisfied with mere “adequacy?”  Personally, I’d like to hear A.J. Burnett answer that one.

Q: If Jessica Alba married Joe Torre, would she be Jessica Torrealba?

No. She would be JoBa.  Which probably kills your mental image of Jessica Alba way more than the Torrealba thing did.

Q: When is it acceptable to start drinking before noon?

Opening Day, the first day of March Madness, Labor Day, Christmas, New Year’s Day if you had a bad New Year’s Eve and need some hair of the dog, most Fridays, other days as needed and/or which end in the letter “y.”

Q: The New York Daily News is still calling for Yankees revenge vs.the Red Sox. Can we put their writers in front of a batting machine throwing 95 instead?

Let us not doubt the opinions of those who write for the Daily News. They gained great experience and insight into what is and is not proper on a baseball field during their studies of the subject baseball ethics in journalism school and during their own playing days. Each of which totally happened, I’m sure.

Q: Am I insane for thinking “Where Are You Tonight” is one of Dylan’s better songs and Street Legal is a damn fine album?

I don’t think I’d say “better songs.” It’s good. It’s overlooked, certainly. I would say more or less the same about Street Legal. Not my favorite, but a “meh” Bob Dylan album is better than listening to Foghat or something.

Q: How exactly is it you make a living blogging? Also, are you the perv that designed the glass staircase in that courthouse?

First question: Jedi mind trick. Second question: no, but that’s the courthouse in my home county and in which I would be practicing law today were I not making a living blogging. As for that staircase: bad move, I suppose, but given that the courthouse that it’s replacing was filled with asbestos, drinking fountains that spewed rusty, stinky water and round — yes round — courtrooms with no windows and bad lighting, I think I’d prefer people peeping under my kilt as I alight the staircase to anything I had to endure in that old wretched building.

Thanks all! Let’s do it again next week!

  1. feartherallythong - Jun 9, 2011 at 12:15 PM

    First, big ups for the Logan’s Run hit – ahhh, Julie Christie…
    Second, if memory serves, it’s Otisburg, rather than Otisville – but I also appreciate the Ned Beatty drop as well.

  2. Jonny 5 - Jun 9, 2011 at 12:28 PM

    Never confuse the aberration that is called smallville with the highly dignified Superman movies (superman 3 excluded)

    • halladaysbicepts - Jun 9, 2011 at 12:47 PM

      Smallville finale sucked. 10 years the show is on and they give us 2 minute CGI Superman at the end because Tom Welling wouldn’t wear the suit.

      • Tim's Neighbor - Jun 10, 2011 at 12:11 AM

        The entire series was awful. Great idea, poor execution. If you watched for that long, you deserved whatever sh***y ending they gave you.

  3. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Jun 9, 2011 at 12:32 PM

    Good post, but for some reason I only take one thing from it: the song “slow ride” is now stuck in my head. Ughhh

    • gogigantos - Jun 9, 2011 at 2:18 PM

      nothin really wrong with that is there?
      gonna love it in my head for a day,,,

      • gogigantos - Jun 9, 2011 at 3:18 PM

        will be takin it easy

  4. cur68 - Jun 9, 2011 at 12:33 PM


    • Utley's Hair - Jun 9, 2011 at 2:01 PM

      You just want us to leave her alone so you can have her all to yourself. I’m onto your Canadian agenda!!!!!

  5. spudchukar - Jun 9, 2011 at 12:34 PM

    There are probably better Dylan songs, but if I need a little blood-stirring, nothing works like “Hurricane”, which if my memory serves me well, (which would be a stark change) one finds on the underappreciated “Mozambique”.

    • kcroyal - Jun 9, 2011 at 12:54 PM

      Tip of the hat to HBT for talkin a little Dylan.

      Bringing It All Back Home is probably my favorite album and Tangled Up In Blue might be my favorite song of his.

    • Jonny 5 - Jun 9, 2011 at 1:04 PM

      My favorite Dylan songs were not sung by Dylan. The man was genius.

    • pbsenerchia - Jun 9, 2011 at 1:05 PM

      Close, but that’s wheel’s not on fire – Hurricane and Mozambique are both songs on Desire. That song will get the blood up, though – you’re right about that.

      • pbsenerchia - Jun 9, 2011 at 1:07 PM

        or, in english, “that” wheel’s not on fire …

      • gogigantos - Jun 9, 2011 at 1:53 PM

        beat me to it, thank you
        Desire, one of the 5 I would need if left alone on an island without more
        absolutely agree, except this album and Blonde on Blonde, all my fave Dylan tunes were sung by others, Garcia band most deliciously and repeatedly and out of this worldly,,,

      • spudchukar - Jun 9, 2011 at 2:00 PM

        Thanks for the correction, as indicated senility is rampant.

      • gogigantos - Jun 9, 2011 at 2:00 PM

        I know JJCale works better with others, how do you feel about Willie Nelson? I kinda think he too is best done by others, vocally now as a song writer you all,,,,?

    • gogigantos - Jun 9, 2011 at 2:12 PM

      please don’t underrate senility,,, every one of those girls in my youth was world class, even the ones I don’t remember,,,
      as much as I love Cale pickin,, best songs sung by others
      is Nelson the same,, love him and his vocals, but others do so well some of his best,, Patsy Cline obvious, but,, help me,,,,
      yes, I do need help

  6. Charles Gates - Jun 9, 2011 at 12:40 PM

    The worst thing about the Twitter Questions weekly post is that it reinforces the fact that you get paid to tool around on Twitter while I have to do it at work, on my phone without getting caught.

  7. aceshigh11 - Jun 9, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    What is that cartoon of that you use for this segment every week? Clark Kent?

    • Craig Calcaterra - Jun 9, 2011 at 12:57 PM

      No: he’s “The Question:

      • aceshigh11 - Jun 9, 2011 at 1:21 PM

        Ahh! Thanks! It’s been nagging at me.

        Amazing how many lesser-known comics there are out there…no doubt ready to be turned in films as we speak.

      • gogigantos - Jun 9, 2011 at 1:55 PM

        been lovin The Question, waiting long for someone, thanks Craig, to say it!!!! YEAH

    • kcroyal - Jun 9, 2011 at 12:57 PM

      It appears to be the comic book character The Question. Im not familiar with his work, so I’m sure a movie is already being filmed.

  8. skipperxc - Jun 9, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    Is it unusual that I hate Bob Dylan? I get that he’s influential and I’ll grant his songwriting’s pretty good, but every time I hear him sing I want to take a dental drill to my eardrums. Is it just a generational thing? I don’t get it.

    • aceshigh11 - Jun 9, 2011 at 1:57 PM

      No, it’s not unusual, and it’s not a generational thing, either. Plenty of people have commented on his voice going back to the ’60s and ’70s.

      It’s definitely not for everyone…it’s not pleasing in a traditional melodic sense.

      Personally, I love Dylan and his vocals.

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