Monday, January 19, 2009

What? No chitlins?

The Bald Truth

On the eve of Barack Obama's inauguration, this just in via e-mail from my daughter Katie, a senior at Lawrence U. in Appleton:

"I'd just like to mention that for dinner tonight, Dining Services served fried chicken, collard greens and watermelon. All in honor of MLK. Good thing he wasn't fighting to eliminate racial stereotypes or anything."

Thankfully, the black person in Wisconsin wasn't too offended.

The Balder Truth

The Orioles have signed Nick Markakis to a six-year, $66 million contract extension.

To recap:

Nick Markakis ...

Six years ...

Sixty-six million simoleons.

And if you think that seems like a lot for a fourth-year outfielder who hasn't even sniffed All-Star status, just imagine what Baltimore would have given him if not for the economic crisis.


Albert Pujols reports that he is "100 percent healthy" ... and just in time! He'd hate to suffer through another awful season like he had in 2008.

I mean, he didn't hit .360, he fell short of 40 HRs, he missed the 125 RBI mark and he wasn't even the unanimous MVP choice. What a bum.

Still, there are people out there who actually think the man is one of the best hitters ever.

Are those people out of their minds? Or are they just confusing him with Nick Markakis?


  1. Got to disagree with you, Mike. Markakis is a stud. Look at his production; his BA/OBP/SLG have all gone up every year and he just turned 25. Barring injury, this deal is going to be a steal for Baltimore in a few years. They're going to have him locked up for the 1st half of his prime years at a very below-market deal. This is what teams have to do now in the current economic climate in baseball... Unless you have a bottomless coffer like the Yankees, you need to take a chance on locking up young stars before they hit the open market.

    Glad to see you're still writing, too. Your work is generally a rational breath of fresh air in the vapid world of sports journalism that's dominated by screaming writers, vapid talking heads, and 10-second sound bytes.

  2. albert was sick..gosh i didn't know that was it a cold or the flu...long time to spring training.. are you going..