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Prospect Palace
2008-11-18 21:43
by Jon Weisman

True Blue L.A. is letting its readers vote on the Dodgers' top prospects. The top 10 is done, but they're not stopping there.

* * *

Here's a review by Sam Thielman in Variety of Back Back Back, an off-Broadway baseball play that isn't about Chris Berman.

Once again, Itamar Moses has changed the names to protect the guilty. In the writer's fun, structurally clever baseball dramedy "Back Back Back," the offending parties are Raul, Kent and Adam -- proxies for admitted steroid promoter Jose Canseco, accused steroid user Mark McGwire and supposed steroid abstainer Walt Weiss, the Oakland Athletics' three consecutive rookies of the year from 1986-88. Although Moses tries for (and fails at) a lot of pseudo-intellectual dazzle about tradition, history and morality, his real interest is the bounds of friendship, and that's where his play shines. ...

2008-11-18 21:51:53
1.   JoeyP
Derrick Rose is really good.
2008-11-18 21:53:16
2.   trainwreck
Put that down as one story I never expected a play to be based on.
2008-11-18 21:56:58
3.   El Lay Dave
93 from the last topic:

What Catholic affiliation with Westmont? If the article said that, it's since been changed: "Westmont College, a Christian university..."

They make it pretty clear on their website too:

"Statement of Faith

Westmont College is a liberal arts college committed to Jesus Christ and belonging to the worldwide evangelical Protestant tradition."

2008-11-18 22:02:36
4.   Tripon
And still, the AL winner should have been Francisco Rodriguez of the Angels, with a major league record 62 saves, the little engine that pulled his team so far in front that by the end, they forgot how to win when it mattered.

...Is he arguing that K-Rod should be MVP because he made his teammates WORSE?

2008-11-18 22:05:08
5.   KG16
Jeff Dunham Christmas Special now on Comedy Central.

This is not a drill.

2008-11-18 22:09:57
6.   trainwreck
I do not find Jeff Dunham funny. Nor do I Carlos Mencia or Dane Cook.

So whatever new comedian wants to shoot to the top on Comedy Central, just get me to not like you.

2008-11-18 22:11:35
7.   Dave60
0 Did anyone note that the Cal basketball team just received a letter of commitment from a 6-10 Kenyan named Bak Bak? Fwiw.
2008-11-18 22:12:38
8.   KG16
6 - I have a soft spot for ventriloquists. Dane Cook, I do not find very funny. Carlos Menica is occasionally funny.
2008-11-18 22:15:23
9.   Jacob Burch
8 Negative on the first and flip the other two. I've never not wanted to punch Carlos. Dane Cook has a funny bit or two (one on price is right, one on the friend no one likes). Other than that, no thanks.
2008-11-18 22:18:08
10.   Kevin Lewis

It was on the website, and it has been changed/

2008-11-18 22:19:51
11.   Eric Stephen
Mencia has a good delivery that enhances his funniness, but overall he's just weak. Throw in the fact that he's a pariah among other comics for being a notorious joke stealer, and he's dead to me.
2008-11-18 22:28:13
12.   trainwreck
Cook is also known for stealing jokes. From Louis CK specifically.
2008-11-18 22:36:16
13.   Jacob Burch
12 Mencia is more notorious for it, but both have an attached history to it.
2008-11-18 22:37:09
14.   trainwreck
Giant brain fart in Arizona game. Kyle Fogg fouls a UAB player on the in bounds pass right after Arizona tied the game with 25.9 seconds left.
2008-11-18 22:37:51
15.   trainwreck
And UAB player misses free-throw and now Arizona could win game.


2008-11-18 22:39:55
16.   trainwreck
OMG!!! Another giant brain fart. Arizona misses shot, UAB gets rebound and Arizona player intentionally fouls UAB player.
2008-11-18 22:42:12
17.   trainwreck
And UAB wins.

Wow, just wow.

2008-11-18 22:52:39
18.   Tripon
Lute Olsen is smiling somewhere.
2008-11-18 22:56:08
19.   Eric Stephen

Oh wait, he's not dead yet.

2008-11-18 22:56:54
20.   Ken Arneson
Walt Weiss, pals around with sterrorists, but abstains from sin? Well, that's a lovely new theory.

I always assumed Canseco left Weiss out of the book because they were BFFs, not because Weiss was a saint. I guess I my assumption was flat out wrong, and I couldn't be happier about it. Maybe that time Weiss showed up at spring training totally bulked up really was merely from all the weightlifting he did hanging out with Canseco. Maybe Mike Gallego told him some horror stories about how much testicular cancer sucks, and Weiss actually believed him. Yes, I'm sure that's it. Wow, this is great! I feel so much better about the 1989 World Series victory now! Whew!

2008-11-18 22:58:31
21.   Tripon

Baseball Intellects ranks the top 15 Dodgers prospects.

2008-11-18 23:46:22
22.   trainwreck
Not counting the Gold Gloves and Silver Slugger awards, this may be the best job of voting for MLB awards I have seen.

I think the best candidates won the awards. Sorry, Grady Sizemore.

2008-11-19 00:21:37
23.   Tripon
Boras, according to executives with two different teams interested in Derek Lowe, is telling clubs he wants "a Zito-type contract" for the free-agent right-hander.

Good luck man, Good luck. Dodgers will be enjoying those draft picks that'll come our way.

2008-11-19 00:25:25
24.   trainwreck
I would just burst into laughter if I were a GM and he told me that.
2008-11-19 01:15:45
25.   ibleedbloo
23 Did I miss the quote by Boras that should have gone something like "On behalf of Derek Lowe, we will, for the first time, begin making ludicrous financial demands..."
2008-11-19 04:20:27
26.   D4P
So much for the Lakers' vaunted defense.

What has happened?

2008-11-19 04:35:56
27.   D4P
Actually, it looks like guards are causing problems for the Lakers. Maybe Derek Fisher is too old.
2008-11-19 05:13:07
28.   D4P
Pedroia in 2008:

Home: 35 doubles in 320 ABs, .344/.393/.519/.912
Road: 19 doubles in 333 ABs, .309/.359/.468/.827

As a team, the Red Sox had 211 doubles at home, 142 on the road.

2008-11-19 07:06:03
29.   Jon Weisman

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