So I missed the greater part of yesterday’s game because the rain-delay-when-there-was-no-rain-and-they-were-watering-the-field made it cross into a lecture in Berkeley by Dave Batstone, the founder of the Not for Sale Campaign that I went to. (Remember the whole “Give me your money and I’ll give you chocolate. This is not spam.” thing? Yeah. He’s related to that.) It was a fantastic speech and he showed a commercial with Jeremy Affeldt for the organization from a few years ago and he looked so, so young. He also did a Jon Miller imitation but didn’t sound a whole lot like Jon Miller, but hey, he’s hard to imitate. So I got to listen to stuff about social justice for an hour without going through too severe baseball withdrawal. It was at a theology school, though, and I kind of got the sense I was the only one laughing at the baseball jokes. Huh. He also told me afterwards that Matt Cain may be joining the organization. Of course. He is such a Good Guy. With caps.
When I got home, I got a very enthusiastic (and slightly headache inducing) blow-by-blow of the end of the game from which I deduced that a) it went into extras b) Cain was in line to be a hard luck loser until c) Dar-run Ford ran. Correct me if any of those facts are wrong. I hate how many extra inning games we’ve had to play this year, but a win is a win and that’s the bottom line.
The weird news pieces of today are that Barry Zito is in North Carolina seeing a specialist about his foot and Roy Oswalt has taken an indefinite leave from the Phillies. The Oswalt news has gotten less weird as more came out that he’s taking the leave to check up on his family in a tornado-stricken area. Thoughts and prayers are with them all. But the Zito news has just gotten weirder. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure NC is a lovely place (only 5% sarcasm there) but aren’t there plenty of foot specialists on this side of the Mississippi? I have a few conspiracy theories about this.
And then the fact that we’re stuck with the Overstock.com Coliseum for six years to come? I don’t even know what to say. It’s a mouthful, for one. And how can I tactfully say that the Coliseum isn’t really ever “overstocked”? Though maybe the new deal would include WiFi. It is so time for that.