Music and Baseball

Two good little tidbits captured from the internet over the last week or so:

  • Interesting little ditty written by Nirvana’s Krist Novaselic about that night at the 1992 MTV Music Video Awards (in my old man voice: when they were actually interesting to watch) when Novaselic tossed his bass up into the air, only to miss the instrument on the way down and have it clock him in the head. The actual event isn’t as funny as the backstage interaction Cobain had with Axl Rose. Novaselic apparently pops up occasionally in this column. Drummer Dave Grohl also has a decent story on the event.
  • Now – to sports. I swear to you that before this baseball season (2008) even started, I was thinking to myself about David Ortiz. And I kept coming back around to the Mo Vaughn situation the Red Sox had back in the late ’90s when he was about to become a free agent. The two stories have very similar parallels. Their physical makeup is very similar and their five year arc of being unbelievable, fearsome power hitters are very similar. Ortiz, of course, has proven himself to be a far superior clutch hitter. But the similarities between the two cannot be overlooked. Here are Vaughn’s career numbers and here are Ortiz’s. So anyway, I was thinking back before the ‘08 season started that given the similarities, we might expect Ortiz to run into the same health issues as Vaughn did – slowly sort of falling apart. Of course, one never knows, but I do actually agree with Chad Finn’s article about trading Ortiz while the gettin’ is good. I have felt this way since spring training last March.

2 comments to Music and Baseball

  • I listened to the interview – very interesting to hear them talking about napster!

  • I think a ditty is a song. I think there is a difference between the monetary commitment to Papi, in that we got a lot of cheap years from him. If I remember, at the end of his career, good old Moe collected big paychecks from the Mets for several years without any at bats. I don’t think we should lock in to free agent years with Papi after his contract expires, but I think we should use him while we have him at a reasonable price, instead of trading him. We have him locked up at 12 million a year until 2010 (and 2011 if we want to use our option). 12 Mil won’t even get us a Bobby Abreu or Adam Dunn type player, and I’d honestly rather have Papi than anyone else in the same pricerange, even with his drooping production. If he bounces back, it is no contest.

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