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DLD March 24, 2009

In response to Leopold Bloom's plea for a DLD, ta-da, here we are. It's been a while since I've posted one, but college is boring and I'm sure I haven't lost my touch ;]

March 24 is the 83rd day of the year (84th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 282 days remaining until the end of the year.

March 24th is the 83rd day of the year. There are 282 days remaining until the end of the year, 13 days until Opening Day, 17 days until the home opener and 19 days until I go see Britney Spears in concert.

NY TImes: United States’ Loss Runs Deeper Than One Game

Didn’t Wee Willie Keeler say something like this nearly a century ago when he said, “Hit ’em where they ain’t”? It was as if the United States was being reintroduced to a game it invented. The American game, for better or for worse, has moved to lavish new stadiums and supports lucrative player contracts. It is built on power and entertainment — a deadly combination, we’ve discovered, in an era of performance-enhancing drugs.

Meanwhile, nations like Japan and South Korea have learned our game, digested it and improved upon it by going back to the basics.

“The world has caught up with us,” Bob Watson, a Major League Baseball vice president, said after Sunday’s loss.

 

Ventura County Star: The best teams don't need major influence

Korea? Its roster included one major leaguer: Shin Soo Choo, of the Cleveland Indians.

Japan? It had five players from MLB: Daisuke Matsuzaka (Boston Red Sox, as if you didn’t know), Akinori Iwamura (Tampa Bay), Kosuke Fukudome (Cubs) and Kenji Johjima and that Ichiro guy (both of Seattle).

Meanwhile, Venezuela (23 major leaguers) and the United States (all major leaguers, albeit some second- and third-tier ones) have scattered to the winds — literally, given the weather at the ballpark the last couple of days — having been beaten, and beaten badly, in the semifinals.

A few more tournaments like this, and the National and American leagues run the risk of being demoted to Captain League Baseball, or maybe Lieutenant League Baseball.

 

It's interesting, we're discussing international relations in my media class and we were discussing the effect that the outcome of the WBC will have on the demand for Korean, Japanese or players from any other country that played in the WBC. Economics...

Mercury News: A's Wolff picked a bad time to trash his product

Now it's time to throw up a little in your mouths. I apologize in advance.

MILANO WRITES BASEBALL BOOK

And she (Alyssa Milano) admits she struggles not to date the stars of the game: "To be completely honest, after Barry and I broke up, I swore off baseball players. (But) Brad had me at, 'Let's go down to the clubhouse.'" 
And Milano has used the tome to defend her sports idols against allegations of steroid use - the scandal which is currently wresking the sport. She compares the performance-enhancing drug to wrinkle-reducing facial injections actresses get to stay at the top of their game in youth-obsessed Hollywood. 

Milano adds, "The big difference between injecting Botox and with taking human growth hormone is that there are no rules against Botox."

Fla. student suspended from bus for passing gas

An eighth-grader was suspended from riding the school bus for three days after being accused of passing gas. The bus driver wrote on a misbehavior form that a 15-year-old teen passing gas on the bus Monday to make the other children laugh, creating a stench so bad that it was difficult to breathe. The bus driver handed the teen the suspension form the next day.

Horse Is Allergic to Grass

 Pandora has an unfortunate problem, especially for a horse: She's allergic to grass. The 5-year-old Thoroughbred mare has to wear a specially designed high-tech coverall when she goes outside, as well as a mask to protect her eyes, Sky Newsreported Monday. of High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire, England. "She does look silly, but it is the only thing that helps her," said owner Emily Pearce, 24. Although she still nibbles at grass, Pandora is fed a special mixture of sugar beet chaff and soya oil. She also downs 15 antihistamine tablets a day.

Parrot honored for warning that girl was choking

 A parrot whose cries of alarm alerted his owner when a little girl choked on her breakfast has been honored as a hero.

Willie, a Quaker parrot, has been given the local Red Cross chapter's Animal Lifesaver Award.

Happy Birthday to Harry Houdini, The Undertaker, Steve Karsay, Peyton Manning, and Dustin McGowan.

Oh!!! And since I have a chance to say it here, I have some news! Last week, I had my first day with the Sacramento RiverCats as an Operations Intern. I was extremely surprised to have gotten the internship, considering I am just a freshman in college. Exciting! :]

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