Today's links might not hustle every time, but they're still going to dinner with Ozzie Guillen and they're not apologizing for nothing ...
As if we needed another reason to love Ernie Banks.
Rober Alan Dickey might be a knuckleball pitcher, but he's no nerd. Just ask him. (Tip of the chapeau to BTF's Newsstand.)
Last year the American League went 138-114 against the National League. This year the American League went 134-118. Looks like all the talk about the balance shifting will have to wait for at least one more year.
Maybe Tim Marchman's right and the White Sox are better than I thought. I will point out, since it might be my last chance, that the Sox have still been outscored this season.
I continue to take a great deal of pleasure in this fellow's success. No, he's probably not quite this good ... but he's plenty good enough.
Jonah Keri's got 10 things the Rays should do. Meanwhile, Jason Collette triples Keri's fun with 30 reasons for the Rays' recent struggles (12-19 in their last 31 games).
If Chase Utley doesn't win the Gold Glove this year, he probably never will.
John Kruk is right: This sets an unfortunate precedent. Are we going to reach a point where umpires are expected to apologize every time they miss a big call? I mean, I think a private apology is fine, so far as it goes. But a news story? I like the old way better. And I'll bet Major League Baseball does, too.
And for today's punchline -- courtesy of Ducksnorts -- it's really hard to beat the Astros (except on the field).