1) I’m still in shock about Cory Lidle and will be for quite some time. I never said more than a few words to him, but I could always tell that he was a nice guy (and NOT just because he happened to toss me two balls last year…5/3/05 at Shea and 6/21/05 in Philly). He seemed to relate to people in a straightforward way. He was pleasant. And friendly. And sincere. Damn.
2) It’s clear that I know nothing about the American League. I said the A’s would beat the Tigers in seven games, and they’re already down, 2-0. Moneyball is letting me down. And so is the Big Hurt.
3) At least the Mets came through in Game 1. One step closer to the World Series. I’ve been searching craigslist, and I still haven’t seen a ticket for under $800. Not good. (Watch the Mets manhandle Carp in Game 2.)
4) I haven’t seen many close-ups of the balls being used in the League Championship Series, but it looks as if they’re just regular balls. Can anyone confirm this? No commemorative logos? That didn’t used to be the case. Even the Divisional Series used to have special balls. Is MLB trying to cut costs after setting an all-time attendance record?
5) For the people who never read the comments: You can find my “TIME for Kids” article here.
6) Remember my friend Sean from all those trips to Camden Yards? He’s just had his own baseball book published! It’s a novel called SEAMS. He’s read parts of it at my writing group, and it’s always been entertaining. Basically it’s about a kid on a college baseball team who meets a mysterious man and goes off on a life-changing path of self-discovery. There’s lots of baseball action, just as much crazy/wacky/funny stuff that takes place between members of the team, and plenty of thought-provoking scenes that border on the supernatural. It’s a cool book. I just ordered my copy from Amazon, and I encourage everyone to check it out.