Archive for April 3rd, 2008

Annie Savoy is Episcopalian?


You may remember this great monologue by Susan Sarandon, playing baseball’s ultimate hot mama in 1988’s Bull Durham:

I believe in the Church of Baseball. I’ve tried all the major religions, and most of the minor ones. I’ve worshipped Buddha, Allah, Brahma, Vishnu, Siva, trees, mushrooms, and Isadora Duncan. I know things. For instance, there are 108 beads in a Catholic rosary and there are 108 stitches in a baseball. When I heard that, I gave Jesus a chance. But it just didn’t work out between us.

Well, apparently, Bud Selig is going to force Annie to hum a few bars of “Jesus is just alright with me”, because the official Church of Baseball is now the Episcopal Church.

The linked article is just an April Fool’s prank, but in all honesty, the Episcopal Church might have a few things Annie would have liked. For instance, the denomination allows women to become priests, and a left-coast nonconformist by the name of Katharine Jefferts Schori is the Presiding Bishop at this time. In addition, the church puts on a welcoming face to all comers, and has even made nice (sort of) with the concepts of gay clergy and same-sex marriage.  Sounds like a platform old Annie might be willing to check out.

You know?  This is crazy enough it just might work…

Introducing the Zimmermeter

ryan-zimmerman.jpgOne thing we’ve always wanted to do here at Bus Leagues is track the prospects who journey through the minors toward their ultimate goal: a spot on a MLB roster. The way we’ve chosen to do that is something I call The Zimmermeter. The title references the rocket-like rise of Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, who traveled from the University of Virginia to the Washington Nationals roster in mere months in 2005. We’ll keep track of their accumulated statistics and let you know when each prospect moves up a level on the meter, and we’ll mine the hometown newspapers for some local reaction.

Here are our top 25, including a couple of guys I added on a whim just because I’m curious how they’ll do.

1. Jay Bruce, CF (AAA) – Cincinnati

2. Evan Longoria, 3B (AAA) – Tampa

3. David Price, LHP (A) – Tampa

4. Colby Rasmus, CF (AA) – St. Louis

5. Clayton Kershaw, LHP (AA) – Dodgers

6. Cameron Maybin, CF (AAA) – Marlins

7. Homer Bailey, RHP (AAA) – Cincinnati

8. Rick Porcello, RHP (A) – Detroit

9. Travis Snyder, RF (A) – Toronto

10. Andrew McCutcheon, CF (AAA) – Pittsburgh

11. Mike Moustakas, 3B, (R) – KC

12. Josh Vitters, 3B (A) – Cubs

13. Carlos Gonzalez, RF (AAA) – Oakland

14. Fernando Martinez, CF (AA) – Mets

15. Jacob McGee, LHP (AA) – Tampa

16. Matt Wieters, C (A) – Baltimore

17. Lars Anderson, 1B (AA) – Boston

18. Wade Davis, RHP (AA) – Tampa

19. Elvis Andrus, SS (AA) – Rangers

20. Ian Stewart, 3B (AAA) – Rockies

21. Reid Brignac, SS (AAA) – Rays

22. Joey Votto, 3B (AAA) – Reds

23. Luke Hochevar, P (AAA) – Royals

24. Joe Koshansky, 1B (AAA) – Rockies

25. Jeff Samardzija, P (AA) – Cubs

Koshansky is there because he was an ace pitcher and hitter on the same UVA team with Zimmerman, and Samarjaisioafiwa is there because he was a WR with Notre Dame, and therefore is a semi-celebrity curiousity with a funny name. I’m sorry, that’s just how we roll.

We’ll get this feature rolling right next week, after a few stats begin to accumulate.

Here’s Hoping It’s 59 Degrees At 1:04 PM On Sunday

The ability to create suspense is a key factor in any good promotion.  Sometimes, the suspense has to create itself, as evidenced by the Lakewood BlueClaws

Sunday will be the first ever 60 Degree Guarantee Day at FirstEnergy Park. If it is not 60 degrees at the time of first pitch, every fan that stays for the entire game will receive a voucher for a BlueClaws ticket to any future game.

Simple enough.  My first thought went as follows: “New Jersey…early April…it snowed in New Hampshire last week, and New Hampshire isn’t that far north of New Jersey…take the under on this one, all the way.”  After a look at the extended forecast, however, I’m not so sure – they’re looking at mid-50s the rest of the week and a high of 59 on Sunday. 

Mother Nature might make this one somewhat interesting.  Hopefully Lakewood has a decent PA announcer who can play it up in the pregame, especially if it looks to be a close call.