Welcome to your final regular season edition of From the Bullpen. Like the rest of you, I am being visited this week by the twin Ds. Dismay, first, at the thought of the end of another season and the beginning of another long off-season. Disgust, a strong second, at the prospect (looks like a lock) of a fifth HSL crown for the bombastic baron of braggadocio, Itchie Thielen. Itís bad enough having to feed and clothe and nurture his three ratty little kids on a daily basis, now I will have to listen to him crow all off-season.
With one week to play, the Skipjacks lead the 2nd place Redbirds by a total of 9272.0 to 9024.5, a comfortable cushion of 247.5 points. Here are the Week 25 standings from top to bottom:
Here are the Week 25 point totals:
u So what happens now to Palmeiro, following his being shown the door by the Orioles? Is his career over, or will some unscrupulous club (the major league alter ego of the Skipjacks?) pick him up and see if he has any gas left in the tank next spring training? If it is all over for Raffy, does this latest episode (accusing Tejada of shooting him up with vitamin B12) further detract from his chances of making it into the Hall of Fame? What do the rest of you geniuses think? I believe his playing career to be over, and I think it will be a long road ahead for him to make it into the Hall of Fame, but that he will eventually be enshrined in Cooperstown.
u Most of you probably saw that Ashton Kucher and Demi Moore finally tied the knot this past weekend, and what good news that is for everyone. But how many of you noticed (or care) that pretty boy Kucher is only 27 (or is it 28?) years of age? This surprised me, since it seems like he has been annoying me for a lot longer than ten years, or however long his career has been to date. Maybe Iím wrong, but Iím doubting that heís ever going to have the word ďOscarĒ used in the same sentence with his name. Hollywood. You can have it.
u I am assured that there is no truth whatsoever to the rumor that has been circulating that U-Bob is going to be taking over for Jim Cramer on Mad Money. The income and star status would be great, but U-Bob has way too much dignity for that type of operation.
u This final week of play in the major leagues promises to be exciting, with meaningful matchups between the Padres and the Giants (four games) in the NL West, a season-ending series between the Yankees and the Red Sox in Beantown over the weekend, and a showdown series between the White Sox and the Indians to end the season. Not that Iím endorsing the wild card system, mind you, but it is going to make this last week an interesting one.
u Does anybody share my concern about the mental health of our brethren Ted ďBloggerĒ Bridges, and in particular his recent monopolizing of our Message Board. A bit frightening, to say the least. And who is minding the store over at the Fund when Possum is glued to his keyboard? This may explain a few things.
Time now to announce Skipperís list of Top Ten Favorite Baseball Movies. The input that I received from the ranks on the Message Board was not as broad-based as I would have liked, but thanks anyway to Stretch for affirming several of my choices. I know that Possum also provided the names of some of his favorite books on baseball, and there may even have been a baseball movie favorite or two of his tossed in there somewhere, but I just didnít have the two hours necessary to cull through all of the flotsam and jetsam to pick them out.
I pretty much had my list ready to go and then this past weekend, I bought Fever Pitch, a movie by the Farley brothers about a Red Sox fanatic who is torn between his passionate love for the game and his new romantic interest. The movie, starring Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore, is an instant baseball classic in my book, and debuts at No. 6 on my list. If you havenít seen it, it is definitely worth the price of admission or a DVD rental.
Without further ado, then, here is my Top Ten List of Favorite Baseball Movies.
10. A League of Their Own
8. Major League
7. For the Love of the Game
6. Fever Pitch
5. The Rookie
4. Bang the Drum Slowly
3. Pride of the Yankees
2. Bull Durham
1. Field of Dreams
Other baseball movies that were under consideration but did not make the Top Ten list are as follows:
Eight Men Out
The Winning Team
The Monty Irvin Story
Little Big League
This Old Cub
The Bad News Bears
If there are any that I have missed, please feel free to enlighten me.
Thatís it for this week.
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