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Monthly Archive: January 2006

Tuesday

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January 2006

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Let me tell you all a story

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I met this guy back in the mid 1980s, I can’t remember exactly when. The Yankees used to have their AA ballclub here in Nashville, and prospects such as Don Mattingly, Steve Balboni and Willie McGee all spent time here. Anyway Billy Martin used to come down to Nashville to check out the Yankees’ prospects, and he was also a huge country music fan. At the time I ran a limosine service that catered to celebrities and guests of a now-famous Nashville restaurant, the Nashville Union Stockyard Restaurant. At the time the owner was a big-time country music publisher named […]

Tuesday

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January 2006

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How Crazy is This?

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Look at these two Rotoworld stories: 1) Reds agreed to terms with outfielder Austin Kearns on a one-year, $1.85 million contract. 2) Orioles agreed to terms with outfielder Corey Patterson on a one-year, $2.8 million contract. What the heck is that? Both Outfielders played like garbage last year, but how can the Orioles not tell Corey to shut up and take a pay cut? Are they that fearful of an arbitrator? What case does Patterson really have? 2005 Numbers (avg / obp / hr / rbi) Kearns: .240 / .333 / 18 / 67 Patterson’s numbers were: .215 / .254 […]

Monday

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January 2006

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Questions for Hughes

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Alright guys, I am getting ready for my annual offseason interview with Pat Hughes. He called me today to ask when I’d like to interview him and I told him it would be at the end of the month. So, that gives you this week to let me know some of the questions and topics you would like to see me ask him. If you haven’t listened to last year’s interview, it is a good listen. So, if you have some you’d like to get in, e-mail me, catch me on AIM or leave it in the comment section. On […]

Monday

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January 2006

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Need Graphic Work?

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Just a quick plug today. If you’re like me, your photoshop skills are severely lacking. I am OK with resizing and cut and paste type stuff, but when it comes to things that look cool and dazzle the eye, you’ll want someone else. Recently, I needed some icons done for the new writer Mark, and my wife. I turned to Michael Delgiudice, who runs his own site and does freelance work. His rates are reasonable, and he is very reliable with deadlines and details. Both icons he has done for me have been top notch. If you would like to […]

Saturday

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January 2006

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Mea culpa, mea culpa

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As many of you know, the yearly winter pilgrimage to Chicago for the Cubs Convention has begun. As in the past, Cubs fans have been given a chance to ask the Cubs brass questions behind the closed doors of Cubdom. But unlike recent years, the questions this year are more pointed and seem to convey a greater sense of urgency. Here’s a sampling of the responses that Cubs President Andy MacPhail and GM Jim Hendry had for the crowds (courtesy of www.cubs.com:) First Andy MacPhail gave us a rundown on the numbers: “MacPhail pointed out that the Cubs led the […]