Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Tuesday morning crud in the eye

Brick from "Anchorman" requests the attention of the MLB.com mailbag; other stuff

MLB.com Nats beat writer Bill Ladson just flew in from Berlin, and boy are his arms tired.

To be fair, the questions in this mailbag were a bit more sophisticated than the previous one. Sure, we would need to change the rules of baseball to allow for five starting outfielders if we were to sign Maggs Ordonez, but it's a reasonable question. Asking about guys' health is certainly relevant. Inquiring as to which washed-up infielder we'll aspire to sign next---that's someone adapting to ritual.

And then we get to the federally-mandated "Baseball Digest question":

Was Barry Larkin born in Michigan? I know he attended the
University of Michigan. -- George E, Southfield, Mich.

Now, I don't want to be hard on my boy George here. Maybe he doesn't know to go here for the information he seeks. Or here. Or here. Or here. Or here, here, or here. Or dozens of other places.

I mean, the guy can figure out how to email in a question to Mr. Ladson, but he doesn't know that he can find Larkin's birthplace just by Googling "Barry Larkin"? Say, they've got the internet on computers now?

Also notable: Some Nats will be in DC for an autograph session on Wednesday. They'll be at the [Mister Tony] "ESPN SportsZone/ [Andy Polleee] "ESPN Zone."

Included in the article is a running gag more painful than repeatedly being hit in the head by an ex-KGB agent now working as a Mafia operative for a nefarious, genius computer dork who once was your college buddy before he got busted to prison, where you thought he died, except he's alive and now his ex-KGB Mafia guy is bringing the pain on you:

Guzman, a former Twin who signed as a free agent, is considered by Bowden to be one of the cornerstones of the franchise.

And for those Primates here: The Primeys are now open for nominations.

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