Baseball Notes from Around the Web: “The Tools of Ignorance”

Above: 33 Problems himself

[[Editor’s Note: Welcome back to Venuist’s new baseball notes column.  Sorry, we tried to get Gammons but NESN blew our bid out of the water when Jerry Remy threw in his personal “Wally: The Green Monster” beanie baby to close the deal.]]

More odds than ends…

Jason Bay began his long marriage of hitting warning track fly balls and watching doubles fly over his head in Citi Field. The Mets can’t seriously expect Bay to be a team-changing kind of signing. He’ll hit some home runs but he’s not the cure to the Mets’ woes. The Mets need to get more athletic and add better pitching. Right now they’ve got Santana and a bunch of clowns.

Wang, Sheets, someone like that needs to be added. They should also be big bidders in the Aroldis Chapman and Yu Darvish sweepstakes. They build billion dollar pitcher friendly stadium and FORGOT TO GET PITCHERS!!!  

Doesn’t anybody notice this! I feel like I’m taking crazy pills!

33 Problems isn't the only Venuist staff writer taking crazy pills!


Expect the Nationals to show a little more life in 2010 with a sneaky good offseason. Marquis, Capps, Saito, Bruney, and Everyday Eddie Gaurdado are all good pickups for this struggling franchise. Zimmerman, Dunn, Guzman, and Pudge should put some runs on the board. Too bad a. there is only so much you can do with a 103 loss team in one off season b. none of these are long-term solutions (except Zimmerman) and c. no one will care.

The Red Sox may be unaware that there is both a top and a bottom of an inning and that there is no such thing as a designated fielder, so Mike Lowell cannot bat for Mike Cameron. Say what you will about the ‘Boston Bridge Year’, no team has remade itself more this year, and no matter what they’re going to be a fun team to watch.

That’s if Beltre’s right testicle holds up.

The Holliday deal is pretty unsurprising. I think what took so long was the wierd defered money that keeps Holliday under the Red Bird’s payroll untill 2029. Which seems more that a little crazy to me.

More NL Notes:

Randy Johnson (pictured above in a contract year) was the 2001 SI Sportsman of the Year

Randy Johnson retired. The man was an ostrich who killed a bird with a fast ball in a preseason game. Johnson was one of the all time best, First Ballot Famer, etc. etc. I was never a fan of the Big Unit though… the nick name, not the player.  He’s 6′ 10” and had the last name Johnson and the first name Randy. I mean the guy’s name is Randy Johnson. It was either pitching or porn. This is the great nickname sport.

I won’t go down the list of nicknames because page 2 and every other sports blog site already has.

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