The Kiki Dee Express
Last night before I went to sleep I caught a few minutes of Nolan Ryan’s 7th no-hitter. I’m not sure if old Arlington Stadium worked their PA music the way we do at Parkview Field, but if they did I’ve had my entire view of Nolan Ryan changed forever. Here, the pitcher usually picks the song he wants to play before the bottom of the 1st inning. So while the other team’s starting lineups were sponsored by Game Genie (which is classic enough as it is), Ryan was warming up to “Don’t Go Breakin’ My Heart.” If I gave you unlimited guesses at the musician who played Nolan Ryan’s get-pumped-up song before throwing no-hitters, where would Elton John and Kiki Dee be on the list? 500th? 1000th? I would start with George Strait, then go to Garth Brooks and then finish out the rest of the two kinds of music. I suppose you can’t make fun of Nolan Ryan. He could probably still beat up anybody he wanted.
Allegedly the biggest baseball story of the day is Mark McGwire admitting he used steroids. Nonesense. The biggest story of the day is the Cincinnati Reds spending money. Owen Serey, the South Bend Silver Hawks’ radio guy and a rabid Reds fan, happened to call this afternoon and we discussed this. Owen was stunned the Reds shelled out money for a hard-throwing, control-challenged international signing. So was I, considering the Reds already have a hard-throwing, control-challenged international pitcher in Johnny Cueto. And Edinson Volquez. But what do I know?
This story is a little old, but the Padres are expanding their scouting department. Which can’t be a bad thing. The more eyes you can get on players, the better, as long as everybody is looking for the right things.
Finally, my apologies to all Packer fans for yesterday. When the Cardinals-Packers game went to overtime, I sent Brent Harring a text message saying, “We want the ball and we’re gonna score!” By doing this, I unwittingly jinxed the Packers and wittingly quoted one of the most oft-injured quarterbacks in the NFL in the last 10 years. Sorry, Wisconsin. My fault. The real bummer is that now we won’t see Packers-Vikings in the Game to End All Games. Same for Colts-Patriots Part Deux.
That’s all for now!