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Apr 23, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

Richard Marx

Well, Mookie. Let me tell you.

It was a strange time!  But perhaps the strangest thing about it all was that time pop singer Richard Marx filmed a video in which he led the Cubs to a World Series victory over the A’s by hitting a home run off Dennis Eckersley in the bottom of the ninth;

Yes, that really happened. I’m pretty sure were were all on something.

  1. Gobias Industries - Apr 23, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    Even Tim Lincecum thinks Richard Marx should get a haircut.

  2. a125125125 - Apr 23, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    Welcome to Hardball Talk, where the authors are happy to regurgitate stories they read yesterday on Deadspin and re-post them without giving credit. Journalism!

    • dwrek5 - Apr 23, 2012 at 2:49 PM

      Just an FYI, those cool green letters are what the kids are calling a hyper-link. Click on them and it takes you to the source of the story.

    • pestiesti - Apr 23, 2012 at 2:51 PM

      Deadspin got the post from Baseball Prospectus, which is the exact same story Craig linked to.

      • 18thstreet - Apr 23, 2012 at 2:58 PM

        Well everything’s stolen nowadays. Why the fax machine is nothing but a waffle iron with a phone attached.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Apr 23, 2012 at 2:59 PM

      Thanks! I come here to read the vapid pseudo-social commentary of a125125125 in response to whatever it is that Craig might post, and today I’m getting my money’s worth….

    • a125125125 - Apr 23, 2012 at 3:00 PM

      Hey thinks for the help everybody. Really appreciate it. Hey, Craig….there’s a story about the Kingdome dugout being for sell on e-bay that is up on Deadspin. Can’t wait to read about it tomorrow! You’re the man!

      • phukyouk - Apr 23, 2012 at 3:09 PM

        so… to be clear… you come here to read craigs posts JUST to criticize them? He won a HUGE case against you back in his lawyer days, didn’t he?

    • Craig Calcaterra - Apr 23, 2012 at 3:06 PM

      Also, the author of the post I linked to — Larry Granillo — personally emailed me the post to bring it to my attention and — though he is far too polite to ask — to perhaps encourage me to link it.

      So, a125125125, you seem to have a skewed idea of what “credit” is. Of course, based on many of your other comments today, you have a lot of skewed ideas, so I shouldn’t be shocked here.

      • a125125125 - Apr 23, 2012 at 3:19 PM

        That’s so awesome Craig. From now on, I’ll just be like everyone else and agree with whatever you tell me. Chief Wahoo = evil. Everyone is racist. And it’s okay to be a hack writer or….failing that….a hack blogger who just posts whatever his buddies tell him to do.

        And no….Craig never beat me in court. In fact, I’d guess that the group of people Craig did beat is pre-tty select.

      • Craig Calcaterra - Apr 23, 2012 at 3:24 PM

        Hey, no need to agree with me, dude. Just try not to be an incoherent ass when you disagree with me so that you don’t, you know, appear to be an incoherent ass. We like to think we have standards around here and you’re bringin’ em down.

      • a125125125 - Apr 23, 2012 at 3:31 PM

        So….I’m “bringing down the standards” of a site that just posted a story about a 20-year old music video because one of his buddies e-mailed and asked him to do it? How about this…..I’ll just quit posting and keep all the disagreements I have with some of your articles to myself. And you and all you pals can stay on the site and cry about how awful Chief Wahoo is.

      • Racist Chief Wahoo - Apr 23, 2012 at 3:39 PM

        Hey guys, this might be a bit inappropriate, but how about we pass around the peace pipe.

      • natstowngreg - Apr 23, 2012 at 3:44 PM

        Sounds like a plan.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 23, 2012 at 3:57 PM

        How about this…..I’ll just quit posting and keep all the disagreements I have with some of your articles to myself. And you and all you pals can stay on the site and cry about how awful Chief Wahoo is.

        Jeezy Chreezy, not sure who whines more, the phillies fans last year who complained everytime Craig didn’t grovel at their feet, or those of you who think we’re all just a bunch of sycophants at the altar of Craig?

      • ajcardsfan - Apr 23, 2012 at 4:19 PM

        “or those of you who think we’re all just a bunch of sycophants at the altar of Craig?” Wait, you mean we’re not? Oh well, if that’s the case, Craig can you please return the bath oils I sent to you?

      • Utley's Hair - Apr 23, 2012 at 4:42 PM

        Come on, Craig. That’s not really fair, now is it? a125125125 has posted some pretty skewed ideas EVERY day—not just today.

    • Bill - Apr 23, 2012 at 3:19 PM

      Not a good day for a125125125, not-posting-idiotic-comments-wise.

    • Utley's Hair - Apr 23, 2012 at 4:49 PM

      Welcome to Hardball Talk where just anybody can open, read (presumably), sign in and reply to comments that were clearly titled something that we might have a problem with being posted. Idiocy!!!

  3. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Apr 23, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    Marx, you’re our new center fielder. Congratulations.

    • 18thstreet - Apr 23, 2012 at 2:58 PM

      And shave those sideburns!

      • deathmonkey41 - Apr 23, 2012 at 3:05 PM

        Poor Don Mattingly.

      • phukyouk - Apr 23, 2012 at 3:07 PM

        I thought i told you to SHAVE those sideburns! go home… youre off the team… FOR GOOD!

    • ajcardsfan - Apr 23, 2012 at 4:47 PM

      God I love(d) that episode. HBT is apparently full of old school Simpsons loving baseball fans

      • phukyouk - Apr 23, 2012 at 8:03 PM

        i sat in a tent on hollywood Blvd 2 months ago for 29 hours straight watching simpsons with 99 others…

  4. phukyouk - Apr 23, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    Craig – that by any chance a HS photo of you?

    • CJ - Apr 23, 2012 at 3:30 PM

      can’t be, Craig lost his hair long before HS.

  5. nolanwiffle - Apr 23, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    Just yesterday I was thinking to myself……why don’t bands make music videos anymore, those were good! This was I stark reminder that I could not have been more wrong. Evidently I was young and drunk in the early 90′s.

  6. sdelmonte - Apr 23, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    I remember the 90s! Whatever happened to that Jamie Moyer guy?

  7. nashvilletrojan - Apr 23, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    Now thats pretty funny Craig!

  8. proudlycanadian - Apr 23, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    The 1990′s! What ever happened to that Joe Carter guy and his 2 WS rings?

  9. drkincaid - Apr 23, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    Is Mookie named after Mr. Wilson, Mr. Blaylock, or Kieran Culkin’s character in the Jean Claude Van Damme masterpiece “Nowhere to Run”? My fingers are crossed that it’s the latter, but any reason is still cool. Sorry if this has been answered before.

    • stlouis1baseball - Apr 23, 2012 at 3:42 PM

      Mookie Blaylock was a band in the early 90′s that ultimately changed their name to Pearl Jam.

    • Utley's Hair - Apr 23, 2012 at 4:54 PM

      I call into question your use of Jen Claude Van Damme and masterpiece in the same paragraph.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 23, 2012 at 5:12 PM

        It’s Jen Claude Van Damme the masculine brother of Jean?

      • Utley's Hair - Apr 23, 2012 at 6:43 PM

        I left out the a for awful.

  10. stlouis1baseball - Apr 23, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    The 90′s. Women…my 20′s. 4 Touchdowns in one game. Polk High. Yeah…good memories.

    • phukyouk - Apr 23, 2012 at 4:00 PM

      somehow this get referenced at least once a week… and every time i am able to picture Al in that pose…

      • stlouis1baseball - Apr 23, 2012 at 4:34 PM

        No doubt PY. I think we all try to reference it when we can. Classic pose by Al too!

  11. mybrunoblog - Apr 23, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    It is hard to properly quantify how awesome RIchard Marx hair was. If memory serves he took his hair grooming classes with Mitch Williams.
    Just like our dads are sorry they wore Nehru jackets and leisure suits I apologize on behalf of my generation for mullets and singing along to “don’t worry, be happy”…..

  12. brianbosworthisstonecold - Apr 23, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    The mullet needs to be brought back.

    • bravojawja - Apr 24, 2012 at 9:36 AM

      But only ironically. It’s the 21st Century now – it’s how we roll.

  13. bobbyvsunkmybattleship - Apr 24, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    Since this isn’t a real sports site anyway..

    Whitney was alive, sober & all that and a bag of chips
    Bubba was under 210lb and only had a touch of grey
    America was so coked out we all thought Arsenio was funny
    Eddie had just given up being funny
    We had just finished a ridiculous military adventure that didn’t accomplish anything and yet no one raised holy hell over it, wow this is a great precedent to set thought the Neocons; we can take this to a WHOLE OTHER LEVEL NOW and get away with it
    Windows 3.1 was avant-garde and was going to be the end of Apple and Stevie Jobs forever
    American cars were ugly, cheaply made and handled terribly (some things never change)
    “Can’t we all just get along?”
    OJ was a movie and commercial home run
    W found Jesus in the bottom of a beer bottle
    Spike Lee was a filmmaker of note
    A million dollars actually meant something
    UCLA cost $20k a year
    If you looked around you could find regular unleaded for under $1.00
    You could get to the airport 20 minutes before takeoff and smoke on half the flights
    We kinda pretended to care about the ozone and the rainforests, at least gave it lip service
    We had the chance to exile Billy Ray Cyrus to France but didn’t and have paid the consequences since
    We all drank Alan Greenspan’s kool aid, that turned out well
    Banking and real estate were honorable professions
    Fraud was illegal
    20% interest on a credit card was illegal
    Financial speculation was frowned upon
    CDs paid interest and the interest beat inflation
    Food and energy were part of inflation calculation
    Investment banks were private institutions with intrinsic risk to the firms
    A Polo shirt was $34.50 at Macy’s and it said Made in USA
    That’s enough to kill 10 minutes

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