My Lucky Seven
Here are my takes on the seven questions. Thanks to everyone who responded.
1. As of this minute, they’re on pace for 92. I think that’s a good number, but let’s tack one more on. Let’s say 93-69.
2. Nobody scares me, frankly. I don’t like the move the Reds made at all, and as the Astros and Brewers fall further behind, it gets tougher to see them as real challengers. But if I have to pick one, I’ll pick the Reds due to proximity. They’re three games ahead of the other guys, and that’s absolutely worth something.
3. I’ll say Rasmus, as many of you did. He’s pretty exciting.
4. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: the best No. 2 hitter this team has is Jim Edmonds. Problem is, of course, he doesn’t much like to hit there. If it’s not going to be Edmonds, I’ve got no problem shuffling it around — put Duncan or Rodriguez there when one of them is in LF, put Luna there when he’s in the lineup. But basically, if the choice is between 2 and 8, the better hitter should go second and the worse hitter should go eighth.
5. Ball Four. If you haven’t read it, go read it. It’s just tremendous. I haven’t read a lot of baseball fiction, though — Derrick’s beloved Iowa Baseball Confederacy is currently sitting on my to-be-read shelf.
6. I’m going with "Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley, but the Fort Minor song and the Chemical Brothers song are both good calls.
7. Keith Jackson. I’m a college football guy along with my baseball geekdom, and nobody says big event like Keith Jackson. Best wishes in retirement, Keith. You’ll be sorely missed on Saturday afternoons.
BTW, one other thing apropos of none of this. For some fairly good reasons, I am most assuredly not a Tony Stewart fan. During my brief tenure covering NASCAR (I covered a total of about 10-15 races over several years), I found him condescending and rude in the interview sessions I attended. However, at some point I may have to acknowledge that there’s a lot to like about the guy. The deal when he went in the stands at Daytona was really cool, and this deserves nothing but praise. Pretty impressive.
Anyway… talk to you all tomorrow.
Currently playing on the iPod: Elvis Costello, When I Was Cruel.