Monday, April 14, 2008

Two problems

Two things I'd like to go over this morning:

1. The story over the weekend that one of the workers on the new Yankees Stadium buried a David Ortiz jersey in the concrete in order to jinx the team is so utterly preposterous that it could have only come from the New York Post. A few things don't make sense here:
A. Why would the person who did this tell ANYONE at this stage of construction? Clearly, if you're going to try to "hex" the Be-Pinstriped Ones, you wait until the stadium is complete. Also, why would you let this get leaked to press? For one thing, you're going to get FIRED from your job. I would think most construction companies would frown on burying random items in concrete. Unless you work for the Mafia, of course.
B. The goofy "let's dig up the jersey" scene that followed. This was especially funny if you remember the Yankees initially dismissing the story as an April Fools joke. Apparently, it wasn't a joke. Or maybe the joke was on anyone who took it seriously.
C. The whole curse thing is hilarious. Red Sox fans went through this malarky during the "Curse of the Bambino" idiocy that the local and national media took over from Dan Shaugnessy in the 80's. Are New Yorkers really naive enough to believe in weird superstitions? In reality, sports is sports and losing streaks happen. God doesn't care one way or another who wins a bloody baseball game. I thought New Yorkers were smarter than this. Or was it just a slow news day?
D. What probably happened was the Yankees planted the jersey, dug it up and put on a huge show. Even if they didn't do it intentionally, this is still colossal waste of time. But it was kind of amusing, as compared to other wastes of time.

2. This is just a quick reminder for John Dennis and Gerry Callahan: Not everything in the world revolves around golf. Because I didn't feel like staying up until 1AM to see the Red Sox and Yankees, I went to bed early and turned on WEEI this morning to see if they were talking about the game. They were talking about the game, kind of. They spent 20 minutes babbling about the fact that baseball games take so long to complete.
I do agree that 4 hours for a baseball game is a bit much. I even agreed with their contention that the game could be stepped up if the batters didn't spend so much adjusting their gloves or stepping out of the batters box after every pitch. These are all valid points.
The problem is that they compared baseball to golf about 30 times in the span of 15 minutes. That was their only sports analogy. Golf. I understand the Masters was yesterday and they're getting over the shock of Tiger Woods not winning something, but come on: isn't there another sport you can compare it to? Basketball? Hockey? Football? The long laborious at bats that baseball is famous for are equaled by the ninety timeouts and fouls that happen at the end of every basketball game and the endless commercial breaks that accompany any NFL or college football contest. Both of those analogies I just made are better than comparing baseball to golf. Where's my million dollar contract and lucrative radio career?

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