It has been reported that Mr. P. Neshek will be out for the 2009 season due to surgery. Don't believe me? Believe this. So, we're out a set up man for yet another year. What is a ball club to do?
I was watching "Little Big League" over the weekend while I was babysitting two hilarious midgets that I call my nephew and niece. If you're not familiar with this classic film, allow me to fill you in. Billy Heywood's grandfather owns the Minnesota Twins ball club. Upon passing away, Billy inherits the ball club (as his father is dead, and therefore Billy is the closest male heir, which is coincidentally the reason that Billy and his grandfather are so close). Since Dennis Farina is a horrible, horrible manager, Billy decides to take over the managerial responsibilities of the ball club. I know what you're thinking, "No way! He's only twelve! What about school? This seems improbable, if not impossible." Think again my friends. What you'll soon learn is that it's easy to manage a ball club, even if you're not old enough to drive. Plus, it's summer break for most of the season anyway, so there's no need to worry about school.
Throughout the movie, some of the players attempt to make Billy look bad. Some of the players don't want to take Billy seriously because of his age. However, in the end, everyone learns some really important messages:
a). You shouldn't discount someone just because they're smaller than you (especially if they are signing your paycheck).
b). It's not all about winning, but about having fun (unless of course you are paid to win and in that case, by all means, WIN).
c). It's a bad idea to let your job as a manager of a major league baseball team get in the way of fishing with your friends and talking to them about if Superman ever ate at KFC.
d). No matter what you do, if you have a 12 year old managing your ball club, you're not going to win. It takes more than the persistence of an adolescent.
I think that you can all pretty much figure out what happens in this movie without even seeing it, though I recommend seeing it anyway.
Back on track though. Have you heard about Cuddles? They're talking about trading him for some lame-ass from Colorado. Kelly Theiser, the one who answers the mailbag questions for Minnesota's club, wrote about it this week. Yowzas! Garrett Atkins, what do you have to offer me? I'm anxious to see what comes of this.