April 06, 2006


Seeing as how the Boys of Summer have once again started playing their games again for this season, and seeing as how I can’t recall us ever doing a set of questions devoted to baseball (because, let’s face it, it’s not football and is therefore completely unimportant), it seems appropriate to use this occasion to the offer to the world the Weevil League Thursday Three!

Each of the following three questions have been painstakingly hand-written in the Dominican Republic, and we ask you to either answer them in the dugout below, or post your results on the scoreboard in your own park.

Now then, let’s play ball! [Yes, I realize the foregoing clichéd baseball talk sounds stupid.]

1. Do you really like baseball, or is it just something baffling that some people do?

2. Who are some of your favorite players?

3. What one thing would you change about baseball?

There now--take a swing at those!

As for my answers…

1. I like baseball, but have never loved it the way nerdy George Will loves it. It’s okay, but any sport where fans can get so bored they fall asleep is just not that high on my list of stuff to watch. And another thing that bugs me is that they let players wear jewelry. I get really tired of seeing all the necklaces and crap.

Women’s softball is a completely different story, however.

2. Hank Aaron, Chipper Jones, Bo Jackson, Bob Euker (personality, not gamesmanship), and yes, Charlie Hustle. No, I don’t think he should be eligible for the Hall of Fame (and spare me any of your arguments to the contrary), but he was an extraordinarily talented player.

3. Fewer innings. Seven is more than enough, and four would satisfy me.

So, there you go.

Posted by Terry Oglesby at April 6, 2006 07:43 AM

A swing and a miss.

Posted by: skillzy at April 6, 2006 07:39 AM

And batting second in the order...

Posted by: Diane at April 6, 2006 08:34 AM

Finally I have time to answer the questions. I also added a bonus question.

Posted by: Jordana at April 6, 2006 08:46 AM

1. I like baseball, but admit that I don't know much about the strategy behind the game. But I do attend games occasionally.

2. I like Roger Clemens--saw him pitch a complete game once. Really something, that guy.

3) I'd ban interleague play in a heartbeat. The two leagues should not play each other's teams until the World Series, IMHO.

Posted by: Stan at April 6, 2006 08:57 AM

1. Nope, not really. I enjoy going to the game but only to watch the people not the game. Will. Not. Watch. It. On. T.V.

2. Nolan Ryan and, uh ...

3. I'd have the teams will eleven on a side and change the ball from being small and round to being big and oblong with tapered ends. Instead of a diamond shaped field, I'd use a rectangular shape. We wouldn't use bases to see where we are, instead we'd mark of the field in even increments, say 100 of 'em. Oh, and instead of 9 innings with a 7th inning stretch, we'd just play four and stretch a bit after the second one. There may be a couple of other tweaks too...

And to answer Jordana's bonus question: It's not year-round.

Posted by: LittleA at April 6, 2006 08:59 AM

Hehe--I like LittleA's suggestion about changes. And I forgot Nolan Ryan, but yes, he's one of my favorites, too. And his wife is just as pretty as a peach.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at April 6, 2006 09:13 AM

I’m UP. Or on deck or in the bullpen or something else basebally.

Posted by: jim at April 6, 2006 09:18 AM

I'm up.

Posted by: Grouchy Old Yorkie Lady at April 6, 2006 12:01 PM

I've gone to bat and hit a fair line drive. No clicky though.

Posted by: Nate at April 6, 2006 02:14 PM

1. Often listen to the Orioles on the radio. Got in the habit when my kids were on the tarp crew, so I'd know when to go pick them up.
2. Cal Ripken, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson, Jim Palmer.
3. Get rid of designated hitter in AL.

Posted by: steevil at April 6, 2006 02:16 PM

Better late than never:
1) I enjoy going to baseball games, TV less so.
2) Mookie Wilson, he was not the greatest playeer, but he was a team player and has a lot of heart.
3)Designated hitters must go and there should be more day games. I dislike that the World Series' games start at or just after the kids bedtime.

Posted by: Sarah G. at April 9, 2006 09:13 PM

Hey! Sneaking in the ballpark, eh!? Well, that's okay.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at April 10, 2006 08:06 AM