“The most exciting time for a band is right before they become really popular.”
— Kurt Cobain, Come As You Are: The Story of Nirvana
The 2011 Royals are going to lose 90-100 games. But it’s all part of a larger plan. The Royals farm system includes roughly infinity + 1 more prospects than the Cardinals have. I’m also quite sure that TLR and Duncan will find some reason to run Shelby Miller out of town, which is why I’ve already dubbed him “The Next Dan Haren.”
The 2011 Cardinals are an Albert injury away from third (or fourth) place in the NL Central. I can see them turning into what the Astros have been recently thanks to management’s love of past-their-prime veterans, hustle, loyalty, and respect.
Once they trade Colby Rasmus for Craig Counsell and a pirated copy of “True Grit,” it’s all over.
— “The Business” Erik Hashrake, personal correspondence Read the rest of this entry »
What better way to celebrate the start of Spring Training than with the unveiling of my rigorously unscientific and wildly biased 2011 prospect rankings?
Please note that this isn’t intended to be a “top” prospects list. These are simply my favorite minor leaguers at the moment. My preferences run toward up-the-middle position players who can mash, so you won’t see a lot of pitchers (especially “closer of the future” types). I also tend to have a soft spot for Royals, Cardinals, Mizzou alumni, Canadians, and … well, fat-asses, for lack of a better word. Read the rest of this entry »
John Cena just might be the most popular pro wrestler going today. Even if you choose not to watch WWE programming, odds are you’ve seen him in a commercial, on a late-night talk show, or maybe on some kid’s t-shirt. No wrestler will ever reach Hulk Hogan-at-his-peak fame, but John Cena is about as big as they get these days.
… Which makes for an interesting conundrum when you consider that John Cena also just might be the most hated pro wrestler going today. While kids and the ladeez love him, the all-important 18-34 male demographic can frequently be heard chanting “Cena sucks!” at WWE events. Read the rest of this entry »