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Picks of the Pen: Jamie Moyer's Unfinished Business

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Centuries from now, the world is a graveyard to humanity.

Cockroaches fight over the last morsel of a Big Mac.  A dry wind scatters toxic dust over a hauntingly vacant plain that used to be a bustling suburban thoroughfare.  At night, the zombies come.

And Jamie Moyer will be there, standing on the nearest pile of dirt, throwing a 72 mph fastball.  Because he just wasn’t finished yet.

Links, coming in hot.

Blaine Blontz

The Boston Red Sox can’t seem to do anything right. They don’t know how to stay healthy or out of the National headlines, something that clearly should be taught during the offseason and Spring Training.

On top of everything else, Dave Cameron of Fan Graphs wrote on article on how the Red Sox currently have the slowest working starting pitchers in the majors.

Another week, another opportunity to remind everyone that as of Tuesday afternoon the Baltimore Orioles are leading the American League East. Domenic Vadala of Bird Watcher wonders if we’re seeing a new day in Orioles baseball.

I’m content with first place (for at least another few hours).

Justin Klugh

Baseball movies are all the same.  Got your hero, got your quirky teammates, got your gruff yet approachable coach, got your overly emotional announcer, got your useless love interest the producers asked to have added in the final draft of the script.  Got your big sports moment at the end when they win the big game and somebody overcomes something.

But Baseball in the Time of Cholera is different, in that it’s a true story.  Not like a true story that you can get Brad Pitt to play the lead.  A true story as in a documentary about a young Haitian boy named Joseph Alvyns playing the game he loves amidst the UN-inspired Cholera outbreak that devastated a country.

And speaking of baseball abroad, here’s a British guy’s take on watching American baseball.  He did not care for Ryan Zimmerman, sir.

Meanwhile, our real, American baseball problems obviously take the forefront.  For instance, what should the Padres do with Chase Headley?  Dallas McLaughlin of Chicken Friars points out that the best course of action “… would be to leave.”

Matt Musico

I’ve been very interested in the whole Ozzie Guillen/Fidel Castro thing, but I think it’s really gotten out of hand. After the first couple of days, I was already tired of hearing about how sorry he was. Now that he’s back in the dugout, I want to see if he watches what he says now.

The saga in Boston also caught my eye this week, and Lew’s take on Bobby V trash talking Kevin Youkilis was a great read. I don’t understand why Bobby V is making so many headlines outside of the field. The media is definitely putting the microscope on him these first couple weeks of the season, and he’s not doing that great so far.

Chris Carelli

Lew Freedman’s piece on Fenway Park’s 100th birthday brought back some great memories of my first time in the historic park. Despite being a Yankee fan, watching a game at Fenway is an experience I’ll never forget and it is one of the few parks I encourage others not to miss.

Grantland’s Jonah Keri, suggests we don’t get too excited about the Los Angeles Dodgers’ surge to start the season. Due to a gracious schedule they have looked like the team to beat in the NL West. However, Keri astutely reminds us that the Dodgers will have much tougher roads ahead. He also provides a few examples of teams who have jumped out to great starts due mostly to their schedule only to fall back in the race as the season progressed.

Of course, if Matt Kemp goes 50/50, Andre Ethier has a complete season and Chad Billingsley helps Clayton Kershaw as a real number two, there’s a chance the fantastic start could last through the season.

Kyle Davis

Carlos Collazo of Tomahawk Take examines the early season batted ball profile of one Jason Heyward. The Braves would like him to be a superstar, please. Small sample warnings apply, but the breakout may be coming.

Flip Flop Fly Baller Craig Robinson recently made an addition to his online collection of Flopps Baseball Cards, and this gives us all a great excuse to view every single one of them and be very amused and impressed and made happy.

 

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