Wednesday, January 7, 2009

It's a new year in this wacky, wonderful world of ours

There is only one reason I read through fan chats.

I'm not exactly sure what that reason is, but this somewhat approximates it:

doxadad: Has Sluggerrr ever let you operate the "Hot Dog" gun?

(Mark) Teahen: No, Sluggerrr is very protective of his toys.

It straddles the line between the zany and the banal, the innocent and the inappropriate. There is no neat way of describing that exchange -- indeed, no neat way to characterize even how we should feel about it -- and that sort of reflects our shifting world in these uncertain times: confusing, surreal, ponderous. That's what I like about it.

Also, Teahen would like you to know he has a fashion show "this Friday to benefit Challenger Sports, helping children with special needs. It will be the chance of the winter to see a few Royals players. There are still tickets available on The event starts at 6 p.m. [CT] on Jan. 9 at the Kansas City Convention Center."

Now, check out this video [HT: Minda].

POSTSCRIPT: The market for hitters has apparently bottomed out after Mark Teixeira's signing. With Adam Dunn possibly getting as little as $10 million a year and no one wanting to touch Scott Boras's demands for Manny Ramirez, somehow we like Jose Guillen a little bit less right now.

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