Like Elmo, whenever I have a question about something I don't understand, I always ask Mr. Noodle. Because it's always best to get your information from a drooling moron.
- Matt Kemp is "attached" to a new girlfriend and her name is Abby Cadabby. I know she's no Rihanna, but I can tell you that Abby has a lot more "(Sesame) Street" cred. In any case, she's a lot cuter than Andre Ethier.
- Baseball fans in Southern California are going to be treated to "The Best Baseball $365M Can Buy" according to ESPN the Magazine.
- This is not news that you're going to want to hear, but Jon Paul Morosi says that the St. Louis Cardinals are the best organization in baseball. Morosi goes into a lot of details about how and why the Cardinals got so good, but the overall gist they combine old-school ideas of leadership and teamwork along with new school sabermetric thought.
- It doesn't do any good to deny it. The Cardinals are a really strong organization that should contend for years to come. But the good news, as far as Cubs fans are concerned, is that no matter how good the Cardinals are, they're still not a lock to make the playoffs, writes David Schoenfield of ESPN.com. Don't despair. The Cards can be beat, now and in the future.
- Kyle Lohse signed with the Brewers, and Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports says that they signed him at an affordable price that won't bust the Brew Crew's budget. On the other hand, while Cliff Corcoran of SI.com agrees that the Brewers can afford the money, Lohse doesn't improve them enough to make the playoffs and the loss of a draft pick makes their weak minor league system even weaker.
- The Astros may be looking at a miserable season, but at least they're going to start the season on a high note. Lyle Lovett will sing the National Anthem on Opening Night. It's all downhill from there for the Astros.
- The Marlins have taken to selling Opening Day tickets through Groupon. I guess they can go out of business together. Or maybe they've just given the Ricketts an idea.
- Nolan Ryan is most likely going to leave the Texas Rangers. Friends say Ryan is "hurt, bitter and confused" over the whole affair.
- The Rangers are also (temporarily, to be sure) saying goodbye to top prospect Jurickson Profar, as he's going to start the season with Triple-A Round Rock.
- Not only are the Yankees getting Vernon Wells, they're adding Lyle Overbay as well. With the Yankees roster as currently constructed, they're the overwhelming favorite to win the 2007 World Series.
- Hal Steinbrenner is not his father, according to him.
- David Wright is feeling better and is now optimistic that he'll be ready to play on Opening Day.
- Fred Lynn sees a lot of similarities between himself and Jackie Bradley. He thinks Bradley, like himself at age 23, is ready to play in the majors now.
- Jed Lowrie is a pretty good photographer.
- Former Cub Chad Gaudin has made the Giants bullpen. Let's see, the Giants got rid of Ryan Theriot, so that leaves only Gaudin and Angel Pagan. Yep, they're safe from the ex-Cubs curse. Unless former I-Cub Andres Torres counts.
- Billy Butler can hit. Really.
- Jason Giambi was so happy he made the Indians that he hugged GM Chris Antonetti.
- Still no deal between Fox Sports San Diego and Time-Warner Cable.
- The Twins sent WBC hero Sam Deduno to the minors.
- Mark Bradley of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution says that its not a foregone conclusion that the Nationals will win the World Series this year. (Talk about a straw man argument.) He says don't count out the Braves, which is actually good advice.
- But did Bradley account for the Nationals new alternate caps with the navy blue bill? I think that's their winning edge.
- The Blue Jays demoted Ricky Romero to Class A Dunedin until he fixes his delivery. But really, it's until he starts pitching better.
- The Phillies have yet to make a decision on who will bat leadoff this season: Ben Revere or Jimmy Rollins? When you're trying to decide between a guy with a .333 OBP last season and one with a .316 OBP and you think that's a good problem to have, you've got worse problems than that. I guess Revere, but it's going to be a long season in Philly.
- Maybe the Phillies can distract themselves by watching their minor leaguers. But in Lehigh Valley, they'll probably never get out of the rest rooms because they got urine-powered video games there. Personally, you wouldn't catch me touching that with a ten-foot pole. Errrrr. That didn't come out right.
The Iowa Women's Basketball team lost to Notre Dame, 74-57 in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
And tomorrow will be a better day than today, Buster.