December 22nd, 2005



The reaction to the Johnny Damon signing has been hella amusing. I listened to WFAN, the NY sportstalk station, on my drive home last night, and for awhile I wondered if I'd tuned to the wrong station. The usual drive time hosts were on vacation, and the show was instead being hosted by the two beat reporters for the Yankees and Mets, so most of the conversation was about baseball, which was fine by me. The odd thing was how much it sounded like the station had up and moved to Boston. When I tuned in, they were in the middle of an interview with Terry Francona, the Sox manager, who is, of course, sad to see Damon go. I can't help but feel for Francona, an amiable guy whose incumbent centerfielder is now the redoubtable Adam Stern, who got on base at a robust .188 clip in 15 at bats last season. On the plus side, Francona just had his knee replaced, so he expects to be a bit spryer on his walks from the dugout to the pitching mound next season.

After Francona hung up the calls started to sound like Red Sox Suicide Hotline. There was Marv from Boston on the line to lament the loss of Damon. Why would a Sox fan from Boston feel the need to dial in to a New York talk show to discuss the matter? No doubt the lines to WEEI were swamped, but still. After Marv, there was another Sox fan, and then another. The really funny thing was that when they finally got to a call from a Yankee fan, that guy was totally irate about the signing.

Which is another aspect of the Damon infanity. A lot of (really ignorant) Yankee fans are really unhappy about the trade. They'd rather see the rapidly declining Bernie Williams (who re-signed with the Yanks yesterday) or even Bubba "I got it, Sheff!" Crosby play center than a guy who played for the Sox, especially a guy who was the face of the Sox during the worst debacle in recent Yankee history. There's a great post at Mike's Baseball Rants about the phenomenon. Mike likens the situation unto the scene in Citizen Kane when the entire staff of the Chronicle are hired to work for the Enquirer. He also points out the the Yanks and Sox have a long history of players moving back and forth between the two clubs. Good stuff, as usual.

Last night I started making chocolate truffles for presents. What an incredible mess I made, and I still have to coat the things in milk chocolate. I had the George C. Scott version of A Christmas Carol on in the background. God bless us, everyone!

ETA: It's now being reported that Flanders has picked up a stocking stuffer for the Dodgers, signing Brett Tomko to a two year deal. Not a great pitcher, but he is an innings eater and a better option than handing DJ Houlton the ball every fifth day. Unfortunately, he's more likely to be used as a replacement for handing the ball to Jeff Weaver every fifth day. We still need a real pitcher.

Christmas Tunes

Let the yuletide festivities commence!

"The Hallelujah Chorus" - The Roches
This track just goes to show that classical music can be perky.

"Christmas in Heaven" - Monty Python
"Christmas Time in Hell" - South Park
Who could resist this pairing? Not I.

"I've Got Some Presents for Santa" - Sarah Taylor and Bill Mumy
Double entendre, Will Robinson!

"50 Kilowatt Tree" - The Bobs
My favorite moment in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation is when Clark's display finally lights up and you see the dial on his electric meter spinning like a propeller.

"Ave Maria" - Cranberries & Luciano Pavarotti
I have this image in my mind of Pavarotti deciding to kick back one night and go to a Cranberries show. He's having a great time, dancing down in the front row, but then suddenly the band starts playing this favorite of his, and, upon hearing how badly the lead singer is butchering it, he leaps up onto the stage, shoves her into the orchestra pit, and picks up the lyric after the bridge, thus saving Christmas...

"White Christmas" - Doug And The Slugs
This one's a bit more uptempo the Bing's version.

"Come On! Let's Boogey to the Elf Dance!" - Sufjan Stevens
Come on, you know you want to...

"Merry Christmas" - The Ramones
Another moderately uptempo song.

"Frosty the Snowman" - Leon Redbone & Dr. John
One has to believe that if you see a snowman in New Orleans, there must have been some magic in that old silk hat. I do love this version.

You can click here for the entire sack o'tunes.