The most interesting post in the world
I think we’re all well aware of the Most Interesting Man in the World and the Most Interesting Man in Fort Wayne. Well, get ready for the most interesting post in the universe, at least in the last few hours.
You know how you see some infomercials and immediately think, “that is a made-up product and they just made this commercial as a joke to fill the time they couldn’t sell”? Well, the other night I saw a commercial for something called Lazywear. Has to be a Jim Gaffigan sketch, right? Wrong. Lazywear is real, and it’s spectacular.
Apparently a couple of Wisconsin buzzcuts decided they wanted it to be OK for adults to wear one-piece infant pajamas, and enough
hipsters people agree that it’s become a legitimate business. Lazywear: what sweats and snuggies always wanted to say but just never got the courage.
- Our old buddy and former TinCaps closer Brad Brach was featured on Padres.com. Forget aboout him being drafted in the 42nd round. Hits 92-94 with the fastball, good slider and change. He rules.
- My favorite part about Brach is how quickly he worked. Well, now major league pitchers’ paces can be analyzed statistically. Shocker: the Yankees and Red Sox have the two slowest-working pitching staffs in baseball.
- Hitters are getting hit by pitches more often than ever. Probably because everyone stands on top of the plate.
- The Asheville Tourists recently redesigned their logos. One of their alternate logos is a moon eating a spare rib. This doesn’t seem to make any sense until you remember that Saturday Night Live used to be funny and had a good line about this very topic. Coincidence? You be the judge.
- Some new minor-league logos/names got ripped by a very good baseball writer who doesn’t specialize in the promotional side of Minor League Baseball. Legendary author Ben Hill was not pleased. I saw the same article Ben saw and thought a lot of the same things.
- I think it’s safe to say most people in Fort Wayne have settled down about the whole Wizards-becoming-TinCaps thing. Now people in Omaha are shocked and insulted and offended and hurt and embarrassed… and… and… HURT… about changing their team’s name from “Royals” to “Storm Chasers.” Do you wish you could have had a future version of yourself warn you that it’s just baseball and it wasn’t worth getting all bent out of shape about? Like in “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” when Future Ted sees Regular Ted in front of the mini-mart and reminds him to wind his watch so he wouldn’t be late for his history presentation, which was the whole reason he traveled through time and crammed 15 historical figures into a phone booth in the first place?
- Felix Hernandez won the AL Cy Young despite a 13-12 record. Sabermetricians are having a party the likes of which haven’t been seen since Endor after Luke blew up the Death Star on “Return of the Jedi.”
- Not that it’s important, but it makes me wonder: If we’d been more into the advanced statistics years ago, what awards might have gone differently? Example: In 1987, Nolan Ryan finished fifth in the NL Cy Young voting… with an 8-16 record. Why? Because he put up a league-best 2.76 ERA (nobody else was under 3.00) and STRUCK OUT 270! AND HE WAS 40 YEARS OLD! And he had an innings cap because he’d had an elbow injury the previous year! Excellent recap of Ryan’s season here. Ryan should’ve at least been second in the voting, if not first.
- People can invest in teenage Dominican baseball prospects now. I’m not sure how I feel about this, but it sure isn’t “save a kid in a third-world country for a dollar a day” charitableness.
- Fort Wayne alum (and one-time No. 1 overall draft pick) Matt Bush was added to Tampa’s 40-man roster, protecting him from the Rule 5 Draft. He was drafted as a shortstop, struggled and was switched over to pitching where he’s had success when healthy.
Musical guest… Hall and Oates!