things both awesome and un-awesome


photos by Samara Pearlstein

things that are awesome

–Rod Allen: “He is such a hot dog. There’s not enough mustard and relish and ketchup in the grocery store for Papa Grande.” (but you have to imagine this said in a Rod Allen cadence)

–FredFred looking really, really good in his return from HenLand. Like… so good. ~Toledo magic~

–G-Money getting smashed in the head with a bat but being tough enough to stay in the game for a while, AND catch the day game after that night game like some kind of superheroic catcher, even though his actions are probably giving him a next-day concussion, which is something that I just made up.

–Facing the Rangers next, but NOT having to face Cliff Lee. Or CJ Wilson, actually.

–Thinking about putting together a team of players to destroy the minds and souls of proofreaders everywhere (Jhonny Peralta, Mat Latos, Jonathon Niese, Garret Anderson… help me out here).

things that are not awesome

–The fact that the doors in the Cleveland outfield wall are apparently not locked? Poor Rhino.

–Having to watch the real-time ruination of Andy Oliver. TOO EARLY, TOO EARLY.

–Being swept by the Racist Logos.

–BEING SWEPT BY THE RACIST LOGOS

13 responses to “things both awesome and un-awesome

  1. ivantopumpyouup

    //–Facing the Rangers next, but NOT having to face Cliff Lee. Or CJ Wilson, actually.//

    Thank Paws!

  2. Toledo Magic!!! Love it!

  3. Isn’t it about time we option Oliver to the Hens (or Erie)? I mean, I really think the kid will be a good pitcher, he just needs a couple more years in the minor leagues. Its about time to do something about filling his roster spot.

  4. Cooper Nielson

    –Thinking about putting together a team of players to destroy the minds and souls of proofreaders everywhere (Jhonny Peralta, Mat Latos, Jonathon Niese, Garret Anderson… help me out here).

    Some of the most misspelled names in major-league history belonged to its biggest stars: Cal Ripken (not Ripkin), Greg Maddux (not Maddox), Mark McGwire (not McGuire), Rafael Palmeiro (not Palmiero)…

    Not as bad as basketball, of course, with its Isiah Thomaes and Dwyane Wades.

    • Who’s Isaiah Thomaes?

      I just comment because you’re saying his name is commonly misspelled and you misspell it. Oh, the irony.

  5. Shawon Dunston
    Andruw Jones
    Ryan Raburn (apparently)
    Scot Shields
    Torii Hunter
    Jamey Wright
    Chone Figgins
    Jonathon Niese
    Laynce Nix (Reds Outfielder)
    Kameron Loe (Brewers Pitcher)
    Gregg Zaun
    Kris Benson (hot wife department)
    Huston Street (walk off homer to long-locked Maggs department)
    Jamey Carroll

    …at least that’s a start…

  6. Cooper and Joe, I’m trying to think of names that are not unusual, more names that deviate in some small, hard-to-remember (and hard to check) way from a typical spelling. So Scot Shields and Gregg Zaun are good ones, but Greg Maddux and Chone Figgins, meh (I think we’re all used to Chone by now, if it was spelled Shaon or something, that would be closer to what I mean).

    But, like, a couple weeks ago I saw Jonathon Niese’s name misspelled TWICE in the same Globe article. So that’s an excellent sneak-spelling.

    The Nixes make me lol. Laynce and Jayson… sigh.

    • Cooper Nielson

      Heck, I still insist on pronouncing “Chone” the way it’s spelled (rhyming with “Joan”). That’s why it’s easy for me to remember. :-)

      Lots of people have trouble with Galarraga, not knowing which of the letters are double. I see Galaragga a lot, sometimes Gallaraga, sometimes Gallarraga, even Gallarragga once in a while.

      I always had trouble remembering whether Ismael Valdez ended in “s” or “z.” Same thing (almost) with Javier Vazquez (vs. Vasquez).

      Bret Boone might be one for your list, though between him and Bret Saberhagen, the single-t spelling became pretty familiar in baseball.

      Also, present and past:

      Edinson Volquez
      Cla Meredith
      Jered Weaver
      Geremi Gonzalez
      Jeriome Robertson
      Robb Nen/Robb Quinlan

  7. When Raburn learns how to catch and hit a baseball, then he will earn the right to have his name spelled properly. Right now I’m downgrading him to Rayyyburn.

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