Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Midges love insect repellent. Who knew? (Not the Yankees)

The following nugget from Tom Verducci is easily the greatest thing I've read all week (though Chris Ballard's column about Rockies fever isn't bad, and Jayson Stark does his thing):

OK, you've probably heard too much already about those infamous sacrifice flies of Cleveland, the mighty midges that, unlike almost all AL hitters, knocked Yankees phenom Joba Chamberlain off his game. But this is too good not to pass on: When the bugs started swarming Chamberlain, a local insect expert in Cleveland telephoned the Indians with an urgent message -- those bugs are called midges, and whatever you do, do NOT use insect repellent; midges are attracted to the stuff. The Yankees practically bathed in bug spray; the more Chamberlain put on, the more the bugs swarmed him. So there you go. The Yankees can spend $190 million on payroll and still leave a blatant weakness: no, not their middle relief -- their lack of an entymology expert.

This has to be one of the all-time best examples of home field advantage at work.

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