Nothing is foolproof to a sufficiently talented fool.

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Bush league bus team gives away 14 free passes

For Halloween, they give out Jackal-Lanterns Naming the team Grady Little probably wouldn't be much better

The "Grays", a road-only travelling squad in the independent Can-Am league, gave away a record 14 bases on balls on Sunday (5/29) in losing to the New Jersey Jackals, 13-6. Jackals leadoff man Michael Piercy alone drew five walks in the game. Almost suprisingly, the Grays' pitchers found the time to also give up 12 hits, in-between all of the walks they were handing out. Even more suprisingly, they are not the independent team that John Rocker (0-2, 7.71 ERA, 16 BB in the Atlantic League) pitches for.

The Grays are being run by the Can-Am league this season as a result of the Bangor Lumberjacks folding and the league assuming the operation of the franchise. The Atlantic League had a similar situation with the Pennslyvania Road Warriors, a team that played all of its games on the road for three years before finally completing a new stadium this season and finding a home as the Lancaster Barnstormers. The Road Warriors' won-loss records as a road-only team: 34-91 ('02), 30-95 ('03), and 23-103 ('04).

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Rock Cats find bats, 9-1

Hot dogs are tasty

New Britain hasn't exactly been tearing it up at the plate so far this season, with all but one of their regulars hitting below .280 on the year. Already this year the last-place Rock Cats have been shut out 9 times (most recently their previous home game on Wednesday night), and have batted .177 with runners in scoring position on their way to a 17-26 start-- not quite your best return on a $5 ticket if you're a minor league baseball fan, to say the least.

Today's game against the streaking Trenton Thunder (tied for first after 5 straight wins) didn't figure to be much better, with a 10:35am start and a game time temperature of a raw and windy 50 degrees. Lo and behold-- Luiz Maza, all of 5'9" with a .241 batting average (second on the team in HRs and RBI, though) hit one out in the bottom of the first, and the Rock Cats went on to hit 2 more home runs through the chilly morning air on the way to beating Trenton, 9-1. I was even able to snare the first two home run balls for myself, by slipping out past the visiting team's bullpen and then walking back inside the stadium, feigning as if I had only just gone out to have a smoke.

The lesson for today being, tobacco products improve quality of life.

Marlboromath rockOfficial Eastern League baseball

The Rock Cats are still in last place, though.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

No shit, Sherlock

Researchers Pinpoint Brain's Sarcasm Sensor

(HealthDay News) May 23, 2005 -- Some brain-damaged people can't comprehend sarcasm, and Israeli researchers think it's because a specific brain region has gone dark.

The region, according to the researchers, handles the task of detecting hidden meaning, a crucial component of sarcasm. If that part of the brain is out of commission, the irony doesn't come through, the scientists report in the May issue of Neuropsychology.

"People with prefrontal brain damage suffer from difficulties in understanding other people's mental states, and they lack empathy," said study co-author Simone Shamay-Tsoory, a researcher at the University of Haifa. "Therefore, they can't understand what the speaker really is talking about, and get only the literal meaning."

When asked if they'd given a name to this newly discovered medical condition, one of the researchers replied, "That's so funny I forgot to laugh."

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Brad Eldred homers in 6 straight games

I could be sorting my CDs right now

On Monday, Altoona Curve (AA Eastern League) first baseman Brad Eldred homered in his sixth straight game, blasting two out of the park against the Reading Phillies. In 21 games for Altoona this season, Eldred has batted .333 with 13 home runs and 27 RBI. Following Monday night's game, the Pirates promoted Eldred (6"5", 268 lbs.) to their Triple-A affiliate, the Indianapolis Indians.

Eldred drove in 138 runs last season, the highest total of all of Minor League Baseball in 2004, while splitting time between Single-A Lynchburg and Altoona. In his 60-game Eastern League career, Eldred has totalled 30 home runs and 87 RBI.