How about some bullet points for old time's sake?
Things That Have Blessedly Distracted Me From The Absence of Baseball
- Complaining about how much I hate scraping ice off my car windows.
- The Twilight movie came out, which was good for a solid week-and-a-half's worth of entertaining obsession. This is almost even relevant to this blog for a few reasons:
- When I first read Twilight, the basic canon of its version of vampires (super-fast, capable of physical feats no mere mortal could attempt, supernaturally attractive, etc.) made me briefly consider the possibility that Nick Punto might in fact be a vampire with an air-brushed tan.
- The baseball-playing scene in the movie is by far the awesomest scene.
- I am firmly convinced that the song from aforementioned scene, Supermassive Black Hole by Muse, should now be the compulsory walk-up music for every batter.
- Baking things.'Tis the season, and all.
- Realizing that the reason I hate the Jonas Brothers so much is that one of their voices (whichever one is particularly squally) is almost identical the the sound my cat makes right before she throws up on good furniture.
- Working. I guess I am lucky that the busy season at my job happens to coincide precisely with the baseball off-season. It's handy.
- The new Saturday throw-back unis. I was a bit hesitant to put my stamp of approval on them until I saw them. But I like them....two enthusiastic thumbs up. They modernized the '82 uniforms just enough to have that vintage feel without the cheese. Plus, having 80s uniforms every Saturday gives me a sturdier platform from which to campaign for 80s Days at the Dome. Also, I can go to Saturday games free of the fear and anxiety that the sleeveless jerseys cause me.
- The Casey Blake Rollercoaster. I like Casey Blake. I wouldn't mind him in a Twins uniform again. I liked the idea of appeasing everyone's call for an upgrade at 3B without trading anybody away (although, once again for the record, I like Brian Buscher.) But I am neither surprised nor heartbroken that talks have apparently broken down.
- Nick Swisher was quoted as saying that playing for the Yankees is a dream come true. It's like Darth Vader seeing the Death Star for the first time. How sweet.
Mostly, I am very happy that it's Winter Meetings time. Even if nothing happens of note, it still puts baseball front and center again for a few days.
I didn't put it in my list of things that have distracted me, but I have also been working on a little related side-project that's kept me busy. In the next couple weeks I'm looking to launch a podcast to go along with blog. I've nailed down quite a few of the details, except one major one....it needs a name.
That's where you come in.
The plan is for it to be about 65% Twins/35% general baseball, roughly....and equal parts baseball and ridiculousness. I'm sure you're familiar with that particular formula by now. I'd like it to be fairly interactive, so I thought this would be a great place to start. A show of the people, I say!
Send any podcast title suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org by noon on Friday, December 12th. Tell your friends and neighbors too! I'll pick my favorite from the bunch and the lucky winner gets a $10 iTunes gift card and something Twins-y from my stockpile (or if you're not a Twins fan, something random and baseball-y instead). In case you thought I was above buying your love/creative ideas with shiny baubles and trinkets....I'm totally not.
[Also, if you're a fan of another team, or know of someone who is, and would be interested in participating in future podcast episodes highlighting your team of choice--friendly, not hostile, I promise--shoot me an email to that same address and put "I'm a insert-your-team-here fan" in the subject line.]