I got nothing for up here today. You didn't want to hear it anyway.
- The Nationals fanbase went to DEFCON 1 when manager Davey Johnson said that Stephen Strasburg had "tightness in his forearm" after his last start. Yesterday it was revealed that he may have irritated a nerve with an "electrical stimulation machine" and you can make up your own jokes right there and keep them to yourself. GM Mike Rizzo said Strasburg's arm is "structurally perfect" and that he's not expected to miss a start.
- Cliff Corcoran at SI.com writes that regardless of whether Strasburg misses a start, his last start and his reaction was a red flag warning to the Nationals.
- Staying in our nation's capital, the "Wave" battle at Nationals Park intensified when Bryce Harper and Ian Desmond came out in favor of fans doing the wave.
- Donald Lutz became the first German-developed major league player. It's a bit tricky because Lutz was born in the United States, but he moved to Germany as a child and came out of the European Academy.
- When Athletics fans threw "Butterfinger" candy bars at Josh Hamilton during pre-game warmups, he didn't get mad, he got hungry. He thanked them by tossing them an autographed baseball.
- Hamilton's good-natured reaction to hecklers doesn't make up for the fact that he's swinging at way too many pitches and it's turning him into a mediocre ballplayer, says Dave Cameron of FanGraphs.
- Most of you are somewhat familiar with the story of Braves rookie Evan Gattis, but Bob Nightengale of USA Today takes a trip with Gattis back to His Dark Pages. It's really a must-read.
- Randy Wells retired.
- Ken Rosenthal says that the Astros do actually have a plan and aren't just being different for the heck of it.
- One of the most colorful characters in the history of baseball is Cardinals founder Chris Von der Ahe. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch takes a look back. One of his biggest innovations? Baseball and beer.
- Former Reds reliever Brad "The Animal" Lesley has died. He also had a career pretending to be a baseball player as an actor in the movies Mr. Baseball and Little Big League.
- Casper Wells was traded to the White Sox for cash considerations. This makes team number four that he's been with since the season started: Seattle, Toronto, Oakland and Chicago. Only eleven more teams in the American League to go.
- The Red Sox are sticking with Andrew Bailey as their closer, even with Joel Hanrahan returning from the DL.
- John Axford wants his closer job back, but he's willing to wait.
- Brandon Moss hit a game-winning home run in the 19th inning and then pied himself.
- More casualties are coming in to Bronx Hospitol: Kevin Youkilis hit the DL. The Yankees goofed when they let Youkilis play on Saturday, preventing the Yanks from back-dating his time there.
- Mark DeRosa called a team meeting for the struggling Blue Jays.
- Giancarlo Stanton has a grade 2 hamstring pull and is going to miss "several" weeks.
- The Phillies have to be worried as Roy Halladay got shelled by the Indians.
- What's the matter with Matt Cain?
- Nolan Arenado got called up to the Rockies, but he had a rough drive from Tucson to Phoenix for his first game.
- Finally, the University of Georgia has what is believed to be the oldest film of African-Americans playing baseball. It dates from somewhere between 1917 and 1919, predating the Negro Leagues.
The Iowa Men's Basketball Team is considering spending Thanksgiving Break in the Bahamas instead of Alaska.
And tomorrow will be a better day than today, Buster.