Sunday, January 27, 2008


"Aqua Teen Hunger Force" is a very bizarre television program

Left to right: Neko Case as "Chrysanthemum" (with salt shaker), John Kruk as himself (with his skin peeled off), Kelly Hogan as "BJ Queen" (with harpoon)

Why so obsessed about this cartoon that makes no sense and airs at 11:45 on Sunday nights? Because it's not even time for pitchers and catchers to report yet. Also, I'm a fan of all three of these people, and I think Levi is, too. I've even met Kelly Hogan, who was fortunately not trying to harpoon me at the time.

Levi and I are both invited to a wedding in Charlotte, North Carolina, the first weekend of April. I'm pretty sure I'll be going; the last I talked to him, Levi was kind of iffy due to various work responsibilities. If we do end up attending, though, there may not be any baseball-related program activities. The Charlotte Knights will be out of town that weekend, and the only other team I'm all that interested in driving to see -- the Durham Bulls -- will also be out of town. The nearest major league team is of course the Braves, who will be in town, but Atlanta is about a 4-hour drive from Charlotte, and that's not particularly exciting me at this point. I can't decide if it's because I'm getting older, or if it's because gas is over 3 bucks a gallon.

In conclusion, now that "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" is being produced in high definition, and DirecTV is carrying the HD version of Cartoon Network, I guess it's time for me to upgrade my TV. I wasn't all that impressed the first time I saw baseball on an actual living-room HDTV, four or five years ago, but it looks pretty good in HD in a window on my computer monitor (courtesy of the TV tuner device I've had for about a year).

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Saturday, January 19, 2008


John Kruk-date

Apparently, the "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" episode guest-starring John Kruk actually airs on January 27th, which is not this Sunday. But the good news is that, if you follow the above link, you will see a picture of the animated version of John Kruk.

(For whatever reason, Cartoon Network isn't very good at doing whatever they have to do to get Adult Swim episode titles into my TiVo in advance of their airing, which is why I didn't spot this myself.)

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Thursday, January 17, 2008


For you John Kruk fans

John Kruk will apparently be appearing on this Sunday's episode of "Aqua Teen Hunger Force," the first of a new season. That info comes via Pitchfork, which, being Pitchfork, is more interested in the fact that Neko Case and Kelly Hogan are also appearing. But they're not baseball players!

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Monday, January 14, 2008


Another baseball jingle

From back when NBC was a class operation (1968), here's the jingle they used on their weekend "Monitor" radio block when it was time to give the baseball scores.


Monday, January 07, 2008


He's freaking named after a tool of the game--you'd think he'd understand it better!

One of Mitt Romney's aides badly needs to give him a crash course in baseball.

A few weeks ago, Romney, in attempting to explain a fib that was unusually slimy even for him, he talked about how he saw the Patriots win the World Series. Confident as I am that love of America beats strong in Manny Ramirez's breast, I don't think that's what Romney was talking about.

Then, in the wake of his defeat in Iowa, Romney flashed that TV anchor grin and said,
This is obviously a bit like a baseball game, first inning. Well, it’s a 50-inning ball game. I’m going to keep on battling all the way and anticipate I get the nomination when it’s all said and done.

Please, for the love of our country, couldn't somebody talk to the guy?

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