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Dave Hutte wedding prop bets extravaganza

If you missed it yesterday, my good buddy Dave Hutte got engaged (to be married) over the weekend. When I got the voice mail telling me it had happened, I almost drove off the road because I was happy for/proud of him. But now that the initial shock has worn off, it’s time to have fun with this. Because if you can’t have fun with your friends, who can you have fun with?

Two disclaimers for today:

  1. The Dave Hutte wedding prop bet odds are for recreational purposes only. They are opening lines and are subject to change. I do not condone gambling.
  2. Dave Hutte and I are good friends. None of this is serious. As far as you know.

And that’s it! Now let’s do this!

Dave Hutte tuxedo color
Black (with cobra embroidered on back): -450
White: (EVEN)
Any other color: +200

Will Dave Hutte get nervous enough to pass out during the ceremony?
Yes: (EVEN)
No: -110

Passage read during ceremony
Colossians 3:12: -200
Ecclesiastes 4:9: -110
1 Corinthians 13:4: +150
What it Takes to Be No. 1” by Vince Lombardi: -500

Number of different kinds of cheese in nacho fountain at reception
Over/Under 2.5: Pick ’em

Caterer for reception
Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Dave Hutte’s go-to restaurant for first dates: -800
Everything else: (EVEN)

Song for husband/wife first dance as married couple:
Firehouse, “Love of a Lifetime”: -350
Any song by The Dave Hutte Experience: -200
Richard Marx, “Now and Forever”: +105
Hulk Hogan, “Real American”: +110

Will this happen at reception?
Yes: -850
No: +450

Will Dave Hutte sustain an injury while dancing at reception?
Yes: -250
No: +105

Distance (in feet) of garter toss, using Dave Hutte’s T-Rex arms:
Under 3.5: -250
Over 3.5: +200

Will this blog entry cause my groomsman invitation to be revoked?
Yes/No: (Pick ’em)

That wraps it up for the prop bets. Again, these are only jokes. So just relax.

Random thoughts:

  • TinCaps single-game tickets go on sale Tuesday, February 22.
  • As someone who cares about personal health, I can’t recommend the West Michigan Whitecaps’ Valentine’s Day gift idea. But I figured I’d pass the story along for laughs. TinCaps mascot Johnny is totally booked that day delivering gifts which are slightly healthier.
  • Contract negotiations generally make great athletes look bad/greedy, but Albert Pujols seems like a genuinely nice guy.
  • Good story about Emmett Ashford, the Jackie Robinson of umpires.
  • Ask BA discusses the thin crop of offensive-minded shortstops in the game. Isn’t it possible that we were just spoiled by the Ripken/Rodriguez/Garciaparra/Tejada days?
  • Big issues for the Rangers: All the position shifting has finally sent Michael Young over the edge. Even millionaires want to feel like they’re a valued member of their company (and not just monetarily). The Rangers have repeatedly brought in other people to essentially do his job, and after dealing with it several times he’s had enough. He supposedly has eight teams he’ll accept a trade with and the Twins seem like the best fit with the Cardinals second. His big contract is another trade obstacle. Meanwhile, the Rangers are trying to avoid arbitration with Josh Hamilton (they’ll probably end up getting a bargain).
  • Peter Gammons wrote something about the NL East. Lots of good young players there.
  • The team from Mexico won the Caribbean Series. Padres SS Everth Cabrera played for the Mexican team; former MWLer Alexis Espinoza played for the Venezuelan team.
  • Reds closer Francisco Cordero’s agent’s name is Bean Stringfellow.
  • What parts of the US produce the most MLB players?
  • Equipment trucks are leaving MLB parks, headed to spring training.
  • When they said the Dodgers would wear throwback uniforms, I wondered how far you could throw back one of the most classic unis in the game. Apparently they’re going all the way back to the Brooklyn look.
  • Fantasy baseball is coming soon. Oh baby.
  • So you’re telling me the two best-received Super Bowl commercials featured dogs as main characters? Color me unsurprised.
  • Watched a documentary about Ronald Reagan on HBO last night. It was excellent. Yes, I’m 26 years old and watching documentaries about ex-presidents during my free time. How am I still single?

Musical guest… Kenny Rogers!

Take care!


Dave Hutte = Mariano Rivera

Today, I know exactly how Joe Girardi feels with Mo Rivera at the back of the bullpen. Just get it to the ninth with the lead and a win is virtually guaranteed.

Now… Pitchers and catchers report to spring training on Sunday. There’s a camp preview story on that asks the question, “How do you replace Adrian Gonzalez?” To me, that’s not the question. It’s this: “Are the Padres better today than they were at the end of last season?”

Let’s compare:

End of 2010 Start of 2011
Denorfia/Venable, CF Jason Bartlett, SS
David Eckstein, 2B Orlando Hudson, 2B
Miguel Tejada, SS Headley, 3B
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B Ludwick, LF
Ryan Ludwick, RF Hawpe/Cantu, 1B
Yorvit Torrealba, C Venable, RF
Scott Hairston, LF Nick Hundley, C
Chase Headley, 3B Cameron Maybin, CF
Starting rotation (by most starts)
RHP Mat Latos Latos
LHP Clayton Richard Richard
RHP Jon Garland RHP Aaron Harang
LHP Wade LeBlanc RHP Tim Stauffer
RHP Kevin Correia RHP Dustin Moseley

The bullpen is more or less the same as it was last year, with the key guys (Bell, Adams, Gregerson, Thatcher) back in the same spots.

So it looks like the differences are:
2010 (Tejada/Eckstein/Gonzalez/Torrealba/Garland/LeBlanc/Correia)
2011 (Bartlett/Hudson/Hawpe/Cantu/Hundley/Harang/Stauffer/Moseley)

I don’t have a degree in sabermetrics so I won’t try to put a statistical analysis on this, but I can’t imagine the offensive dropoff will be as bad as some expect. It’s not like the offense was a powerhouse last year.

The key, to me, is the back of the rotation. Garland/LeBlanc/Correia were pretty good last year. Harang/Stauffer/Moseley/maybe LeBlanc (and Cory Luebke) need to be tough for the Padres to compete. When you’re trying to cover up the offense with run prevention, you’d better pitch.

Random thoughts:

  • The Watson Files is No. 34 in the January MLBlogs rankings, a ten-spot jump from November. Which is the second-most shocking development of this entry. This is the kind of boost you get when pillars of the community like Ben Hill give you a shout-out (and link).
  • I forgot about the new bat rules for last year, but it’s a great point: Was part of the Year of the Pitcher the fact that it was also the Year of the Smaller Bat?
  • Former Padres GM Kevin Towers is trying to build the Diamondbacks back into a contender.
  • Matt LaPorta and Michael Brantley will get opportunities to show the Indians what they have this year. They’re last hopes of the CC Sabathia trade
    paying any dividends… The payoffs (or lack thereof, so far) of the
    Sabathia and Cliff Lee trades are big parts of why the Indians are where they are.
  • The Rockies are pumped to get camp started at their new spring training home.
    Count me among the jealous after reading round-trip flights from Denver
    to Phoenix are $116. They should lead the Cactus League in attendance.
  • From the “Uh, what?” department… the writer says Vladimir Guerrero is “the type of slugger the Orioles need if they ever hope to compete in the AL East.” That may be true, and he may help put butts in the seats, but does anybody really think the Orioles will compete THIS year? Because, you know, it’s a one-year deal.
  • Baseball America lists their pre-season college All-Americans. So follow those guys and figure out who the Padres should draft with all 85 of their draft picks this June. At least it seems like they have that many.
  • This guy ran 365 marathons in a year. Is that good?
  • So you’re telling me Christina Aguilera butchered the National Anthem at the Super Bowl? And, aside from the touching 30-year reunion of the Blockheads and Tron on the same stage, everyone thinks the halftime show was an abomination? Nobody saw that coming.
  • I think it’s funny that, after literally minutes of Google image searching, I can’t find a single decent picture of the halftime show. Every shred of visual evidence has been destroyed. It’s the first-ever attempted cover-up of an event televised to the entire galaxy. Somewhere, Ben Roethlisberger is wishing this could’ve happened to the photos of him at the piano bar.
  • Apparently just about everything other than the game was a mess. Unsafe seats, ice falling off the roof and smashing beer tents… Yikes.
  • Isn’t it time to retire the Roman numeral thing for Super Bowls? After the game last night, Roger Staubach was carrying the championship trophy through an unneccesarily long tunnel of people. When the PA announcer introduced Staubach, he said, “MVP of Super Bowl… (awkward pause) Roger Staubach!” I can only imagine he got to the “VI” in the script, didn’t know what it meant and just skipped it. Can’t we just agree to say “the 2011 Super Bowl” and save ourselves the trouble?
  • I heard Puppy Bowl VII… I mean the 2011 Puppy Bowl… was riveting.
  • Now for the main event. The grand finale. Dave Hutte Status Update: “Popped the question to Mary and she said… Yes!”
  • That’s right… Dave Hutte is engaged. To be married. It’s already being regarded as one of the greatest coups in the history of free agency. They’re getting hitched sometime next year, which is easily the most convincing evidence yet that the world will end in the year 2012. This is the same person who once exclaimed, with a straight face, “My face is my job!” and meant it. Which was followed by someone slapping him directly in the face (not that hard, though).
  • I’ve already decided that tomorrow’s entry will be composed mostly of Dave Hutte wedding prop bet odds. So get ready for that. Here’s a little taste: You can get even-money odds that the song for their first dance as husband and wife will be Firehouse’s “Love of a Lifetime.” Because Dave Hutte loves him a good power ballad. Or, if his ego gets the best of him, maybe he’ll become the first person ever to have a CD of himself singing (The Dave Hutte Experience) as the background to his first dance with his wife. Either way, just remember to check back tomorrow.

Musical guest… Rick Springfield!

Take care!