Extended weekend for me, with a pair of notable arrivals — an out-of-town friend of nearly 20 years and the first-born son of my frequent FI foil, Nick — which occupied my time, so I didn’t get to see much baseball. A few glimpses of a portly, pinstriped Sidney Ponson here, a gander at one of the most eye-popping box scores I’ve ever seen there, and that was about it.
A performance that has been compared to Kirk Gibson circa 1988 enabled Friday’s Hit List to be completed amid the mayhem, which also included a stop by one of my all-time favorite bands, Devo (whose “Uncontrollable Urge” would be my first choice for at-bat music if I ever played in the major leagues, as sacrilegious a topic as that may be for purists).
Anyway, that’s all old news. What’s new is that I’ll be part of an extended Baseball Prospectus posse administering the usual savage sabermetric beatdowns at a Pizza Feed at Foley’s Pub and Restaurant on 18 West 33rd Street in Manhattan. Fellow BP colleagues Will Carroll, Joe Sheehan, Steven Goldman, and Derek Jacques are on the bill, along with the MLB.com Fantasy 411 folks, Will Leitch, and more surprise guests, each more surprising than the last. The chatter will be better than the pizza, I promise.