Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The $1.99 special

We went to breakfast at a restaurant where the 'seniors' special' was two eggs, bacon, hash browns and toast for $1.99.
'Sounds good,' my wife said. 'But I don't want the eggs.'
'Then, I'll have to charge you two dollars and forty-nine cents because you're ordering a la carte,' the waitress warned her.
'You mean I'd have to pay for not taking the eggs?' my wife asked incredulously.
'YES!!' stated the waitress.
'I'll take the special then.' my wife said.
'How do you want your eggs?' the waitress asked.
'Raw and in the shell,' my wife  replied.
She took the two eggs home and baked a cake.
WE'VE been around the block more than once!  


What was baseball thinking?  What was Bud Selig thinking?  

Why was game 5 of the World Series even started last night?  It was raining, but not just raining. Pouring rain.  The elements were in control rather than the players.  It was a joke.  How can you have a well played game in front of a big TV audience when sure handed Jimmy Rollins looks up in the sky to catch an easy pop-up and then drops it because of wind and rain?  It's not good baseball, and not good for baseball.  Then came the top of the sixth inning.  On a field that Noah would have recognized, the Rays tied the score.  BJ Upton bravely stole second base.  His slide across the mud soaked infield dirt was a thing of beauty, if you are a duck.  The, after the Rays tied the score, Selig suspends the game.  

The problem I have is that by starting the game, and then suspending it, the Phillies lost their by far best pitcher.  Had the game not started Cole Hamels would have been available to start the game whenever the weather cleared, be it Tuesday or whenever.  Now Hamels is gone.  The only advantage for the Phillies is that they have four at bats, twelve outs, while the Rays will have three at bats, nine outs, to win the game.

The bullpens will be alive from the outset.  Hopefully Selig's brain will be alive, too.