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Wednesday Wangdoodles

Today's links come to you ... aw, the heck with the silly intro. You're better than that.

* If Chase Utley's team loses the World Series but he's named World Series MVP, it would be a big surprise ... but he wouldn't be the first!

* Remember, friends: Guns don't shoot Dodgers pitchers in the leg; Dodger pitchers' bodyguards shoot Dodgers pitchers in the leg.

* OK, so we won't blame the Rays for trading Akinori Iwamura for a fungible relief pitcher ... but did they really have to give him away?

* So you thought Cole Hamels didn't say anything all that terrible in the first place? Now it seems even less terrible, in context.

* Another useful guide to how the other half lives (and buys a baseball franchise).

* Johnny Damon's one-man double steal? It wasn't just the greatest play in World Series history. It was the most incredible athletic feat in the history of humankind. No, but seriously, didn't you wonder who should have been covering third on that play? If the Tampa Rays had been afield, it would have the shortstop's job to cover third, with the catcher reminding the pitcher to get over there in case the shortstop couldn't make it in time. There are other ways, though. You might recall that in 2003, Derek Jeter was injured in the Yankees' opener while trying to advance to an (apparently) uncovered third base. But Blue Jays catcher Ken Huckaby beat Jeter to the base and tagged him out. Worse -- or better, depending on your perspective -- Jeter slammed into Huckaby's body armor and missed the next six weeks of the season. I wonder, though, who covered the plate in Huckaby's absence?

* Also seriously, Keith Olbermann comes up with the nine smartest plays in World Series history.

* For those of you interested in such things, here's a comparison of some prognosticators (and I suggest clicking through some of the links therein). The takeaway, though? CHONE is looking real fine ...

* Sometimes you have a rough week. It's not anything that your friends or your family have done, nor anything that the Phillies or the Yankees have done. But sometimes events conspire to make you wonder what exactly you're doing here. And then, a lightning bolt: a wonderful bit of news like this, and suddenly the world starts to make sense again.