Do you think Craig Sager looks at himself in the mirror after he puts on the purple suit with white stripes and says, “Damn I look good.”
A few other thoughts on the playoffs:
* That Frank Caliendo show on TBS could well be the greatest television program since M*A*S*H. But thanks to a marketing strategy that appears centered on annoying as many people as possible with incessant commercials, nobody will watch it.
* Francisco Rodriguez will make a big pile of money as a free agent. But how in the world can a guy who throws like that possibly stay healthy over three or four years? He bends awkwardly then flings himself to the ground every time he throws. It hurts just to watch it.
* Bob Schaefer is Joe Torre’s bench coach with the Dodgers. He is from Putnam, Conn., a little town in the northeast corner of the state. His first job in baseball was being the head coach of Ledyard (Conn.) High School. He’s had just about every job in baseball there is.
* Mike Lowell’s hip and J.D. Drew’s back could keep Boston from advancing to the World Series if they finish off the Angels. Lowell is moving around like Captain Ahab out there.
* Manny Ramirez must be taking acting lessons from somebody in Hollywood given how well he’s convinced everybody in Los Angeles what a good teammate he is. Scott Boras is playing chess and everybody else is playing checkers.
* TBS should win some sort of Comeback Player of the Year award. The quality of their broadcasts has improved significantly since last year. Harold Reynolds is good. Buck Martinez, too.
* Heard this the other day: The Mets have abandoned Shea Stadium and all of their employees are working at Citi Field. The new Yankee Stadium is still very much a construction site. I’m sure it’ll be ready for Opening Day, but shouldn’t things be a little further along at this point?
* I love that people read a box score from a winter league game in Hawaii and decide that Jeremy Bleich stinks. Here’s a crazy thought: The scouts who watched every inning he threw at Stanford might know a little bit more than you do reading a box score from a game played 5,000 miles away.
* Would knowing the Mets might try to sign him give the Yankees more motivation to sign Bobby Abreu? Should it?
* Mark Teixeira’s sister lives in Hoboken, by the way.
* The more you watch guys like Papelbon and K-Rod jump around after getting three outs, the more you appreciate the dignity of Mariano Rivera. Unfortunately, he’s the anomaly these days.
* Here’s what CC Sabathia said after the Brewers were bounced: â€œI want to get it done pretty quick. I try to be as less free as possible. All that is is stress, having it drag on through the winter. Weâ€™ll see what happens. I can guarantee you I wonâ€™t be flying around going to different cities. Iâ€™ve pretty much been to every city. Iâ€™ve got a lot of friends around the league. Theyâ€™re going to have to come to me.â€
* I can see where the Yankees might not want to pick up the $6 million option on Damaso Marte, who had problems throwing a strike in the AL. But wouldn’t it make sense to pick it up and then try and trade him? If you agree to pick up $3 million, you could get a pretty good prospect or two in return.
* The Yankees will have their own pick in the first round in 2009 and the compensation pick for Gerrit Cole and possibly a compensation pick for Abreu depending on who signs him and at least two picks in the second round as they’ll get compensation for Scott Bittle. That’s five of the first 75 picks or so depending on how many picks the sandwich round is.
Of course, they could lose their first rounder if they sign somebody. But regardless, the draft will set up well for them.
* This video on Astros.com is hilarious.