Archive for June 12th, 2009


A Truly Great Stadium Give-Away

20090613_chooI want to take a moment to applaud the Indians, who are hosting the Cardinals this weekend, and will be giving all the fans in attendance at Saturday’s game a complimentary Shin-Soo Choo 80’s Night bobblehead.

This thing is so dope. Look at it! He’s so cool and 80s. Look at those shades! The face could be a little better but the fact that he’s standing on a Simon more then makes up for it. I only wish they had given him a pink shirt. I want! Even better, after the game is a screening of the best baseball movie ever, Major League. I’m now going to say something no one has EVER said before: It’s times like this that make me want to be in Cleveland.

This is, to my mind, the second-best promotion I’ve seen all season (the first will be on Monday and you’ll have to stay tuned for that one or just click HERE.)



I Like Eck!


Amidst the unfortunate absence of Jerry Remy from the NESN booth, Dennis Eckersley has been filling in, and filling in admirably. Sure, he has some moments when his brain doesn’t catch up with his mouth and the constant references to “cheddar” and “cheese” and his other Eck-isms can be a little weird at first, I’m really enjoying listening to him call a game.

All of which leads me to an interesting thought; I wonder if NESN would ever experiment with an occasional 3-man booth for games. While it is clear that when Remy is healthy he’s back in his seat, and rightfully so, and it’s hard to argue with changing something (Don and Jerry) that has worked so excellently over the years, BUT, just because something HAS worked doesn’t mean adding beneficial pieces won’t make it even BETTER.

Now, usually I’m opposed to the adding of more people into a booth, but there are times when a three man booth can really work. For example, I end up watching a lot of games on SNY, the Mets network, and they feature at times a three man booth with Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez. The thing I enjoy most about this threesome, besides their obvious chemistry and seeming real like of each other, is that each brings a very different take on the game. Ron Darling knows pitching and is able to give the viewers lots of inside information regarding how or why a pitcher would throw a pitch at any given time. Meanwhile, Keith brings the everyday player perspective to the broadcast and helps break down the action on the field and in the batter’s box from the unique position of being a former MVP player. Finally, Gary serves as the play-by-play man and nicely pivots to the two former players to help move the broadcast along. The three of them work, they’re funny and interesting together and make the broadcasts enjoyable to watch, almost so that you can forget you’re watching the Mets.

Why couldn’t that work in Boston. Now, again, I’m not saying that the NESN broadcast is broke, it ain’t, but who knows, it could get better. With Eck providing the deep pitching analysis and Jerry bringing the everyday prospective the games would become even more interesting to watch because the amount of knowledge the two men would bring. As for Don, we’ve seen that he can seemingly effortlessly switch between partners and maintain good chemistry and move the broadcast along. He’d be perfectly cast in the Gary Cohen role.

I don’t necessarily expect this to happen this season, once Remy comes back they’ll want to give him his rightful spot back and the fanfare appropriate with such a fan favorite. However, this is something they should seriously consider, especially if Remy’s health problems aren’t totally licked. I’m not advocating an every day 3-man booth either, maybe something like a once or twice a week affair that would add to certain broadcasts. Something to consider.


That’s an Error on the Gull

Last night’s Indians/Royals game featured one of the weirdest endings to a game in a long time; in the bottom of the 10th inning, tied 3-3 with 2 men on and no outs, Indians outfielder Shin-Soo Choo hit a single out to center and before Royals CF Coco Crisp could field the ball, it strikes a bird, part of a flock lazing on the field, and the winning run scores. You could watch 10,000 baseball games and never see this again.


Can I Double Down in Poker?

As the World Series of Poker is going on in Vegas, there hasn’t been anything of super excitement to the lay fan been going on. Until, that is, until “out of nowhere, a girl walked over in front of media row with a group of friends. And takes her pants off. Like a pack of rabid dogs, a mad scramble for pics of her ensued. Then, just like that, she walked off with her pants in hand.”

I’d be woefully remiss to ignore her accomplishments.


[Wicked Chops Poker]

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June 2009