Dont’cha just love well thought out titles?
Writing about player performance this early in the season is at least somewhat silly, but is pretty much required anyway (see Infallible Prediction Number 12). So we solider on.
Despite being something of an outspoken critic of the American League and its style of play, it seems Lance Berkman is less critical of doing what it takes to continue living in the swanky style to which he became accustomed.
Though he made some retirement noise this off-season, the Rangers ponied up the required dough to get Lance Berkman back on the field, reportedly reaching a one-year deal with the former Astro, Yankee, and Cardinal for $10 million, with a vesting option based on plate appearances for 2014.
With pennant races getting more and more intense, it seems like baseball people are getting stingier with their quotes. It’s like they’re focusing on winning or something. What’s up with that?
That aside, this week we have terrifying things happening to Brandon McCarthy, sad things happening to Lance Berkman and hilarious things happening to Bobby Valentine because obviously.
What an embarrassing thing to say. If I were there right now, I’d punch you right in the mouth. Ha, ha. How’s that sound? Sound like I checked out? What an embarrassing thing. Why would somebody even, that’s stuff that a comic strip person would write. If someone’s here, watching me go out at 2 o’clock in the afternoon, working with the young players, watching me put in the right relief pitchers to get a win, putting on a hit-and-run when it was necessary, talking to the guys after the game in the food room – how could someone in real life say that?
How could someone in real life say that, Bobby? How could they? By the way, the headline to this article, on the front page of FOX Sports, was “Bobby V. Defends Threat To Punch Host,” which is just, really, it’s just the best thing. Headline aside, this is awesome. It’s just a fantastic quote (as disastrous as the Sox season has been, Valentine has been on point for quotes all season). It’s the “ha, ha” that really sells it for me. Just great stuff.