a jim jividen blog

Here's the thing. I'm watching one of these shows on the Cooking Channel featuring food trucks. There's a Scottish expat making fish and chips; in a thick brogue he somewhat wearily explains his irritation with Americans who habitually order a side of tartar sauce: "tartar sauce is basically gherkins." That's this blog. I claim no particular insight, no revelation. If you enjoy the flavor, great, but this blog is basically gherkins.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Fox News...Still Who You Thought They Were

Apparently, every athlete since 1994 has enjoyed the terrorist fist jab.

TFJ, baby dolls. TFJ.

The 200 Greatest Baseball Players Ever, #187-186: BRIAN GILES AND GOOSE GOSSAGE




#187 BRIAN GILES LF/RF Pirates/Padres
1995 -
OPS+ 138
BFW 29.2
WARP3 92.4
Giles is the first active player on the list (I mean, except for Andruw, but his career has check the pulse written all over it) I've given active players a bump, trying not to be blind as to their ability to still add to their totals. Giles is nearing the end of his productive career; it's possible that he's not going to hold his position in the Top 200 4-5 years from now.

#186 GOOSE GOSSAGE RHRP WSox/Yanks/Padres
1972-94
ERA+ 126
PW 29.7
WARP3 90.5
You won't see many closers on the list; there's no BSutter and he's not close - closer to making it awere LSmith and JFranco and THoffman. Closer still is Billy Wagner, who will wind up in the top 200 before he's done. Thurman Munson didn't make the list, but he's underappreciated and I wanted his pic in the blog.

Revelation 10 - I Play Yahtzee


The math's off 3 points in Game 2; so, my apologies, that's a two game total of only 776. I hit five Yahtzees in two games. Five, bitches! Five!
You can have your graduate degrees and the play and the game show. This may be my proudest achievement. In a world that operated in a way that made sense, I'd be treated like Bob Beamon for this. It's like I went Johnny Vander Meer all over the glass coffee table in my living room. Tell Billy Mitchell I'm comin' to get him. I'm comin' Mitchell! I gots 5 die, a plastic cup, and I'm comin' to bust your ass.