It’s an Oscar Game and Grill Day thread for a daylong cavalcade of fun! Starting with an A’s game! Boy howdy!
Game actually starts at 12:05 PST, but the MLB Network telecast (w00t!) starts an hour later at 1:00. There’s no such thing as spoiling a spring training game…if you tell me when a Travis Blackley fastball nails Josh Hamilton in the ass I’ll tune in exactly an hour later to revel in the glory of baseball’s return.
Now, fire up the coals, it’s grill time:
Half-blind columnist interviews one-eyed pitcher trying to make the Ray’s roster. Juan Sandoval was a rising Mariners prospect until he was shot in the face as an innocent bystander in a Dominican restaurant in 2006. Now he’s back with a nasty sinker and no depth perception:
“Comebackers are tough for me,” he said. “I have to count the bounces to know how I should field the ball. That’s a drill I’ve had to learn.”
Yankees admit, Jurists concur: They are baseball’s one and only Evil Empire. From the opinion in trademark court:
“In short, the record shows that there is only one Evil Empire in baseball and it is the New York Yankees,” wrote the judges. “Accordingly, we find that [the Yankees] have a protectable trademark right in the term . . . as used in connection with baseball.”
Closer to home:
You know what else is a two-week party? The Chinese New Year celebration! Happy Year of the Snake, everyone! I was born a Snake myself. Some people find them attractive because of their swift movement and slender silky beauty. Other people are repelled by the Year of the Snake person because of their perceived danger. A year of mystery, divination, revelation awaits.
Oscar night! From the red carpet pre-game to the swelling orchestra cutting off long-winded victory speeches, the Oscars are great fun around Casa de Upgrade. I’ve not seen a single nominated best file, director, actor or actress. I’ll enjoy it nonetheless…hell, I watched every play of a Super Bowl with two teams I loathed.
I’ve always thought it was a crime that the Academy failed to honor the guy who played Mike Yanagita.