Saturday, December 20, 2008

Weekend Buncheso'stuff

It's the weekend, it's almost Christmas; my least favorite time of year. At its heart, Christmas is a time to appreciate the under-appreciated, like hotter than you think Sinead O'Conner. An everlasting Irish agitator, she wrote some songs (no joke: nothing compares 2 U is a track. There's a lot there), is/was political defiantly, refused to perform on the same show as Andrew Dice Clay, tore up a picture of the Pope, and pissed people off at every turn. Here's to you Sinead, my pants are the real enemy.

Back to Baseball

The other day I wrote a post at Walkoff Walk about fielding being the new darling of Moneyball - underpriced and undervalued. The Mariners were my example of a team that shored up their defense at low cost. Turns out they're taking this whole run prevention thing seriously and hired the right manager. New boss Don Wakamatsu noticed poor results for groundball machine Roy Corcoran and wants to fix it (via U.S.S Mariner):
I look at Corcoran, and opposing hitters averaged .283 against him," Wakamatsu said. "But he had a four-to-one ratio of ground balls (to fly balls). Did they find every hole?

"The fact is that we have to catch more ground balls. I want to bring these kinds of statistics to the coaches and players. It's a way to get better. Maybe it just means we need to shade the middle more, or maybe we need to focus more on what specific hitters do against each of our specific pitchers.
Impressive talk from a manager, not the kind of thing I'd expect to hear out of Cito's mouth. Could it be that JP realized this years ago, thus assembling one of the best defensive squads in baseball? Nah, we wouldn't want to give him that kind of credit.

Speaking of defense, Raul Ibanez's comments regarding defensive stats are certainly interesting, if a little misguided. He offers the "I'm hitting it RIGHT AT people" rebuttal to his poor showing in each and every defensive metric. Sorry Raul, you come off intelligent and informed here, but slightly defensive. Ar Ar.

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  1. Not to be a jerk here, but Sinead didn't write Nothing Compares 2 U. Prince did. She's written a lot of other cool stuff though, and is defintely hotter than most think.

  2. I was about to say the Prince stuff too, but she sang the fuck out of that song and she made it one of the great love songs ever. And yes, hot.

    Excellent taste, Lloyd.

  3. Fair enough, she does sing the hell out of that song. She also makes excellent excuses for no account drunks like Shane McGowan:

    He's too far gone to stop drinking; he has an illness that cannot be cured, and as far as I can see, the end is near for him

  4. I like her even more now. Shane McGowan is awesome. Totally unsubstantiated rumour has it that he's being carted around in a wheelchair by his mom these days, but not because of broken bones. He's what Keith Richards would be like if he didn't wimp out with all of his blood transfusions or whatever he had done. McGowan's an amazing songwriter. He might also be the ugliest person in the history of...uh...history.


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