The July 11th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including the Angels (mostly) performed well in the All-Star Game, Halos to pursue Greinke via trade, Trumbo's stabilizing walk rate and much more...
The Monkey Says: I say mostly because Trumbo struck out in both of his at-bats. Trout, however, got on base twice and stole a base while Weaver worked a shutout inning. None of that helped prevent the AL from getting throttled by the NL thoug. I was primarily impressed with Trout getting a hit off of R.A. Dickey even though I can't imagine Trout had ever seen a knuckleball before in his life.
The Monkey Says: I don't think this will work and will explain it great length why later today, but the one intriguing bit here is the source who states that Greinke believes the Halos are a "perfect fit" for him. That could mean the Angels have a chance at trading for him and working out an extension before he becomes a free agent at the end of the year or maybe that the Angels could have the inside track on signing him once he does become a free agent even if they don't trade for him.
The Monkey Says: There was some concern when his walk rate dipped down from a very strong April, but it didn't dip very far. That, however, might be a bit misleading as his July rate of 6.4% is inflated by two intentional walks. Take those out and he only walked 4.5%, which is still better than last season, but isn't very good. I say the jury is still out though I remain highly optimistic.
The Monkey Says: That's impressive, but it obviously comes with an asterisk as Dickey may not have been holding Trout on base as tightly as he normally would have what with it being a meaningless exhibition game and all.
The Story: Tim Salmon is a big believer in Mark Trumbo.
The Monkey Says: That is a nice endorsement, but it isn't as if Salmon is one to say anything negative about anyone. I'm just glad that that he didn't hold a grudge out of jealousy that the two youngsters have already made an All-Star team, like he never did.
The Story: Mike Trout: the kid that saved the Angels.
The Monkey Says: That's an overstatement, but it fits in with the nice narrative that the media has been eager to push. Lots of things helped turn the Halos around this year and Trout was definitely a big one of those things, but he isn't the sole reason.
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OK, this headline IS baseball-related and the reason will be apparent. It's an article at Uberreview.com about an Amazon product: $47,000 Waterslide Makes Amazon Comment Trolls Smile ( http://www.uberreview.com/2012/07/47000-waterslide-makes-amazon-comment-trolls-smile.htm )
The funny bit, besides that Amazon even sells it, is that none other than, well, let me just copy and paste, "I’m John Lackey of the Boston Red Sox and I approve the heck out of this awesome toy. I love the slide and i should probably spend more time working out and preparing for the season but instead i’m chilling with my kids on the slide. What time is it you ask? AWESOME O’CLOCK."
Man, I love Fred Barnes who, along with founder Bill Kristol, makes The Weekly Standard one of my favorite magazines!
@Rick K. Alright, I'll bite. How long are you going to continue to end all your comments with "Man, I love CONSERVATIVE PUNDIT X"?
@monkeywithahalo I was writing up an email to send you when you threw that little bit into the Slash Line article so always remember that what I'm doing is reacting. If one of your writers makes a statement demanding response, I will make it.
Today I'd like to thank you for resolving a discussion I was having in my head about whether to just leave the name by itself or add what the person has done of note. That's why I returned to Bill Kristol to mention that not only is he an editor at Weekly Standard, he also founded it. While John Podhoretz did not found Commentary Magazine, he is now the editor, joining editor-at-large (and his father) Norman Podhoretz at the magazine founded by the American Jewish Committee.
I went through all this to show that these guys are pundits in the classical definition of the word. They are not what is now considered almost an insult to the word that we all see on MSM, like, I don't know, Chris Matthews, Ed Schultz or Andrea Mitchell. These guys grew up living and breathing this stuff and when they make a comment they know what they are talking about. I'll assume you meant the term in a derogatory way. The way I'd mean it if I said, "Barry O is a pundit of competent presidency (and honesty)" or "Elizabeth Warren is a pundit of American Indian lifestyle (and honesty)."
I'll post that email after I get to my laptop.