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I say, it's not cricket, old chap. You're not allowed to scratch your balls in cricket, obviously. Though you may spit-and-polish them.

Do you want that hideous picture in the middle?

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Oct 29th, 2010 at 11:57:50 AM EST
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nah, it's ok, you've helped enough. i suppose the photo actually is hideous, but there's an explanation.

Brian Wilson is our closer, the pitcher who comes in at the end to preserve a lead.  Lots of tension, one must be mentally very tough.  So often, they're just egotistical assholes.

But Wilson is savvy, he knows how to have intelligent fun with the media. He was being interviewed on some sports show, and had that guy appear briefly at one point in the background.  No explanation, no comment, nothing, just "oh, that's the machine."

don't know if he's gay or not.  he once told the major sports network on another interview show he was a certified ninja.  Certified?  How were you certified?  Had a dream once.

So he goes against any stereotype in baseball, and fits right in with the San Francisco wierdos. Plus he's a hell of a closer.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin

by Crazy Horse on Fri Oct 29th, 2010 at 01:59:38 PM EST
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Closers are supposed to be weird.  

In evidence:

Bill "Spaceman" Lee pitched for 14 years in the majors and said many discerning things about baseball.  IMO the best was:

Baseball's a very simple game. All you have to do is sit on your butt, spit tobacco, and nod at the stupid things your manager says.

[Note: he regularly called, in interviews, his manager Don Zimmerman, "the designated gerbil."]

This interview on Baseball Almanac gives a good idea of his personality.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Fri Oct 29th, 2010 at 02:21:31 PM EST
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"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin
by Crazy Horse on Fri Oct 29th, 2010 at 03:28:50 PM EST
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