Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Random Wednesday Thoughts

By M.L. Haas

Here are some Wednesday thoughts as we argue about whether Livan is the next Sidney Ponson or the next Bob Gibson.

- Are bandwagon fans good or bad? As fans, we generally dislike the bandwagoners - the ones who, in 2002, couldn't even spell Mientkiewicz. But sometimes I feel like the fair-weather fans can be good for the game. Think about a world without them...every game would be sold out, there would be uniform excitement from game to game, season to season...and the owners would be making money hand over fist. No matter what. For many owners, green is all they care about. So if they are making just as much money with a bad team, why would they spend the money to field a good team? It's a problem of motivation. The fair-weather fan holds the owner accountable by not giving money to a bad team. So I cheer the bandwagon fans, for they are the salt of the earth.

- Can anyone follow this Clemens nonsense? I feel like in order to understand it all, one would need a law degree, be a baseball fan, and read up on it for about 20 hours per week. It's nuts. There is a new story everyday. There was a story the other day that proved the old idiom about how statistics can be used to prove anything. McNamees lawyers have experts testifying that Clemens career line proves he took performance enhancers, and Clemens lawyers took the same numbers to prove he's clean. Silly stuff.

- I beat microsoft hearts in four hands. That's the least possible, although I could have done better by not getting that one heart.

- Did anyone see Jim Souhan's article the other day? Well I read it so you don't have to. He basically says that ALL Minnesotans think they are right all the time. Then he goes on to explain how wrong every single fan (and blogger) was about a laundry list of sports moves. He was trying to make the (valid) point that fans should be more patient, objective and calm about moves their teams make. Except he tried to make the point after losing his temper, by making sweeping generalizations, and insulting everyone in Minnesota. You stay classy, Jim Souhan.

- I've been racking my brain trying to figure out after whom the Tampa Bay Rays are named. There are many famous people named Ray, but not many come to mind who a Florida baseball team would be named. Ray Romano? Ray Charles? Perhaps they sold out and accepted the corporate sponsorship of Raymond James - the company did buy the naming rights to Tampas football stadium.


soup said...

The only time I ever read Souhan's collums are when bloggers rip on him. yeah, he's a toolshed

I don't hate the Livan signing for the following reasons:

he at least had an ERA less than 5 last year. I don't think he's ever had an ERA above 5. That's not necessarily impressive but much better than a ponson or ortiz

I'm as optimistic as a Twins fan comes, but I don't seeing us competing, so it's not a huge deal.

It's not like last year when ortiz and ponson were slotted into the rotation it meant that liriano, bonsor, baker, garza, slowey, and perkins were all fighting for one spot. this year after the livan signing it only leaves perkins, blackburn, duensing fighting for the 5th spot. And, that's with a healthy liriano.

who doesn't love a 63 moh curveball?

I'm better at hearts than you, hass.

Daymonster said...

I'm better at hearts than all of you...

Also, I would definitely buy a Tampa Bay Ray Romano's hat

Pills said...

I think the Livan signing is good for the Twins. He is a $5 million version of Carlos Silva. Hopefully he will be good and can teach the kids somethings and then be traded at the deadline for a mid-level prospect.

haasertime said...

better than me at hearts?

i'd love a tampa bay ray romanos hat.

Jim H. said...

It's an axiom, not an idiom.

Holmer said...

But soup is the best card player he knows, so...