Saturday, October 24, 2009

BAseball Reality Tour - Animal Style

First, let's get this awkwardness out of the way... The ol' blog has been silent for, gasp, more than a month. I am sorry to the gaggles of brilliant readers who've been waiting and waiting and waiting. Still, my purpose right now is to sadly announce that we shouldn't expect posts multiple times a week anymore.

I'm announcing it now, so that I don't have to apologize every time more than a week passes between posts. The reasons our posts will be less frequent are simple: I'm too busy with work to spend the time it takes to make the posts somewhat worthwhile. Perhaps we shouldn't be sad. Maybe it's a good thing. I'm hoping that the quality of posts will increase, while the quantity decreases.

In an ideal world, the BAseball Reality Tour will be the Interweb's version of In-N-Out Burger. For those of you that aren't privy to being around In-N-Out, it is quite possibly the best fast food chain of all time. The food is fresh and delicious, and the employees are clean, bright, and helpful. That's not where the analogy makes a smidgen of sense. One of the strategies that makes In-N-Out so special is that they aren't everywhere. Even though the demand is high, In-N-Out has a strategy that their restaurants should be a special occasion. They may take more than five or ten minutes to get to, unlike the local McDonald's that is withing a ten minute drive of 98% of homes in America. Could it be that the extra time in getting there makes the food taste better?

Thank goodness that ugliness is behind us. You'll never have to read me apologize again for delays between posts. Phew. Without further ado, here is our most recent literary double-double with no onions...

About a week and a half ago, I submitted my "ballot" for MLB yearly awards to a Seamheads group I'm a member of on Facebook. It's a nice group for hard core baseball fans because they occasionally bring up topics of interest within the contexts of current events, history, and Hall of Fame debates. For those of you interested in joining,
here is the link.

The administrator of the Seamheads group, emigo Mike Lynch, asked us to submit a ballot for MVP and Cy Young in each league. Just like the BBWAA writers' ballots, we were to include five choices for MVP's and three for Cy Young. Since award voting always leads to valuable discussion, I thought I'd share my ballot here to get the ol' blog back on track. Keep in mind, these are awards for performance in the regular season, so any postseason accomplishments or failures should be ignored.

1. Albert Pujols, Cardinals
2. Hanley Ramirez, Marlins
3. Matt Kemp, Dodgers
4. Tim Lincecum, Giants
5. Prince Fielder, Brewers

NL Cy Young
1. Tim Lincecum, Giants
2. Adam Wainwright, Cardinals
3. Josh Johnson, Marlins

1. Joe Mauer, Twins
2. Derek Jeter, Yankees
3. Zack Greinke, Royals
4. Kevin Youkilis, Red Sox
5. Ben Zobrist, Rays

AL Cy Young
1. Zack Greinke, Royals
2. Justin Verlander, Twins
3. Felix Hernandez, Mariners

I think balloting is open through the rest of the world Series, so if you'd like to participate, join the group on this link, and post your ballot on the group wall.

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