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Baseball Notes and a Few Random Thoughts

Let’s get the week started with a little baseball news,

Jon Stewart,

Jim Cramer,

Candace Parker and her C-cups and a good old

Irish joke.

Mike Fontenot

, the probable starter at second base for the Cubs, is having a monster spring training.  He’s hitting .385 with three home runs and nine RBI in 39 at-bats. Fontenot hit nine home runs in 243 at-bats last season, so a 20+ homer season is not out of the question.  Fontenot is currently the 21st second baseman being selected, according to Mock Draft Central. So, if you miss out on Chase Utley or Ian Kinsler and you’re looking for a second baseman with some pop who will hit for average, you can basically wait until the end of your draft to grab Fontenot.

This may be nit-picking, but through 33 at-bats this spring,

Albert Pujols has yet to hit a home run. Pujols hit five home runs in 59 at-bats during spring training 2008. It probably means nothing …

San Francisco

rookie

Pablo Sandoval is having a great spring training, hitting .429 with two home runs and five RBI in 35 at-bats. For those playing in Yahoo! leagues, and I hate to give this tidbit out as the FantasySharks baseball league is being hosted by Yahoo!, Sandoval has eligibility at catcher, first base and third base, making him a very popular pick in the 16th round, although, he has gone as high as the ninth round.

Robinson Cano

will undergo a MRI on Monday after an exam on his right shoulder uncovered a case of tendinitis. Cano says that his shoulder was stiff before he left for the World Baseball Classic, but he thought that the stiffness would go away.

Speaking of the WBC,

Jeff Passon of Yahoo! Sports does a great job of

taking the Americans to task over their lack of seriousness concerning the WBC. When

USA manager

Davey Johnson was asked why he left starter Jake Peavy in so long, he replied, “Just basically let him get a little more work.”

If you’re looking for

Jerry Owens of the White Sox to provide you with some cheap stolen bases, you may want to look elsewhere. Owens is 0-for-3 in stolen base attempts this spring while hitting a mere .225.

All you

Chris Davis owners can breath easy. It may have taken him 40 at-bats, but he’s hit his first home run of the spring. He also doubled his RBI total; he now has two.

According to MLB.com, Tigers’ manager

Jim Leyland doubts that reliever

Joel Zumaya will be ready for opening day after feeling soreness in his shoulder earlier this month. Joel, thanks for the early optimism, as all that hype had you going well before I was comfortable drafting you.

If I may steal a line from

Monty Python …”Now for something completely different.”

I’m not really sure what Disney owned

ESPN the Magazine is trying to sell, but in its current issue with a pregnant

Candace Parker on the cover, it asks,

“Is Candace Parker the female Jordan?”. Then writer Allison Glock goes on to mention that Parker has a ‘C cup’, not once, but twice, in the first paragraph. Back in 2007, the WNBA and ESPN signed a nine-year deal that will begin in 2009. At that time, ESPN executive vice president for content John Skipper said, “This is a wide-ranging grant of rights for all of our services and platforms.  We are paying a rights fee, we are producing the games, and we’re selling the inventory because we believe in the future of this league.”

And obviously, the future of this league will include a new stat: cup size.

 

I’ve heard a lot about

Jon Stewart’s thrashing of Jim Cramer on the Daily Show last week and finally got a chance to check out the video over the weekend, and I must say, “Thank you, Jon Stewart!” I’m not a fan of Stewart’s and was actually expecting some sort of over the top rant by Mr. Stewart, but instead, he was very professional in calling out Cramer and CNBC for ‘looking the other way’ as Wall Street ran wild. You can checkout the complete interview here and judge for yourself. But, I for one, commend Stewart for calling out Wall Street, CNBC and Cramer.

Here’s a little joke from BasicJokes.com in honor of

St. Patrick’s Day

A man stumbles up to the only other patron in a bar and asks if he could buy him a drink.

“Why of course,” comes the reply.

The first man then asks: “Where are you from?”

“I’m from

Ireland,” replies the second man.

The first man responds: “You don’t say, I’m from

Ireland too! Let’s have another round to

Ireland.”

“Of Course,” replies the second man.

Curious, the first man then asks: “Where in

Ireland are you from?”

Dublin,” comes the reply.

“I can’t believe it,” says the first man. “I’m from

Dublin too! Let’s have another drink to

Dublin.”

“Of course,” replies the second man.

Curiosity again strikes and the first man asks: “What school did you go to?”

“Saint Mary’s,” replies the second man. “I graduated in ’62.”

“This is unbelievable!” the first man says. “I went to Saint Mary’s and I graduated in ’62, too!”

About that time in comes one of the regulars and sits down at the bar. “What’s been going on?” he asks the bartender.

“Nothing much,” replies the bartender. “The O’Malley twins are drunk again.”

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