DLD 2/9/11 - GOG results + links

GOG results:


vignette17 – 45/48 = 93

OaktownPower – 42/50 = 92

emperor nobody – 39/52 = 91


doctorK – 42/45 = 87

GoAs – 38/45 = 83

micdog2001 – 27/53 = 80

Mr. Brian – 27/50 = 77

Where’s My Burrito – 32/43 = 75

Billy Frijoles – 25/50 = 75

danmerqury – 32/40 – 72

Angry Sean – 26/43 = 69

cuppingmaster – 29/40 = 69

nevermoor – 32/35 = 67

Max Hartman – 39/25 = 64

The Dogfather – 43/20 = 63

Rated-R Superstar – 40/20 = 60

Berry Jo – 38/20 = 58

thewhizkid – 31/25 = 56

MissOakland – 0/53 = 53

gigglingone – 15/33 = 48



Minor League Ball had a Career Profile on Eric Chavez

Chavez hit .247/.333/.427 in 115 games for Oakland in '99, but that was credible given his age. You know the rest of his career from that point. Although he never developed into the .300 hitter scouts originally expected, he was steadily productive in his mid-20s. He began to fade at age 28 in 2006, back and neck injuries becoming an increasing problem. He hasn't played more than 90 games since 2006 and while he recently signed a free agent contract with the Yankees, it is hard to see him regaining anything close to his former status.

Comcast released its TV schedule for the A's and that other team

First game? 




Colorado Rockies (Preseason)

1:00 PM

I know it's not baseball, but this is such an incredibly well-written story about William "Refrigerator" Perry.


The organization then arranged for Perry to go to an undisclosed alcohol rehab center, and he says Ditka pulled him aside before he left.

"He told me, 'Big Guy, you got to handle the situation and get some help,'" William says. "He said, 'You ain't the only one, so don't worry about it. Just go through it, get some help and you'll be fine.'"

The Fridge spent 28 days in treatment and began going to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, even though he couldn't possibly have been anonymous.

"My name is William, and I'm an alcoholic,'' he says he'd say at meetings.

That was murder for him to admit. And after he stopped AA after about just eight meetings, he wouldn't admit it again for years.


This was pretty cool - what game did Ferris Bueller go to on his day off?


It appears obvious now that this is a real ballgame that Ferris is at, not just something recreated for a film crew. The Harry Caray play-by-play and the Braves players on the field are pretty solid evidence of that. So what game, then, are they watching? Did the Cubs win, or did Ferris sing "Danke Schön" as a way to wash away the stink of a Cubs loss?

The movie "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" was released on June 11, 1986. The ballgame then must have been filmed either real early in the 1986 season or sometime during 1985. Looking at game logs from those seasons, we see that there was no game in 1986 in which Lee Smith (#46) faced the Braves at Wrigley Field. There were four such games in '85, though Smith left the Braves hitless in one of those. Of the remaining three games, it isn't hard to find the game we're looking for.


ESPN's Jon Weisman compares Moneyball to The Social Network

"Moneyball," scheduled to be released in September, almost exactly a year to the day after the 2010 launch of "The Social Network," comes from the same studio, with two of the same producers (Scott Rudin and Michael De Luca) and now, of course, Sorkin, whose credits from "A Few Good Men" to "The West Wing," long established him as one of Hollywood's most talented writers. And as for his appreciation of the games people play, look no further than "Sports Night," his half-hour ABC dramedy that is among the most underrated pieces of sports-hued entertainment ever created -- all of it focused on what goes on behind-the-scenes. 




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