I took a week off of slaving away over a
hot stove computer keyboard. Of course, the week I choose to go off the grid so to speak is the week that the Hot Stove exploded into hot burning lava flames.
But I’m back! Celebrate! Make merry! And enjoy these little tidbits of awesomeness I’ve found online lately.
Where beer does flow/And men chunder: It’s summertime in Australia, where they are playing baseball. Lucky bastards. And this awesome thing happened the other day – a bullpen stare-off. You heard me. A BULLPEN FACEOFF. It lasted for innings. Innings. It didn’t end until a foul ball broke it up in the third.
Can you imagine this happening in the good ol’ USA? Don’t you think that would be the most fantastic thing in the world? I’d buy a ticket to see a bullpen staredown, honestly. Or an Anchorman-style reliever/closer fight. Papelbon would be the Luke Wilson of the group, I’m guessing – “I’m gonna straight up murder your ass.” Of course, now I wonder who would be Brick Tamland and who gets stabbed with a trident, because I am actually a 15 year old boy.
No starting pitchers. No mercy!
So, This Is Cool: How many of y’all are products of a Nickelodeon childhood? I am (mildly. I watched it in the summertime when I was visiting my grandparents). One thing about Nick that was super cool during the 80s and 90s was the plethora of awesome kids’ game shows. Everyone knows the immortal “Double Dare” and “What Would You Do?”, hosted by the equally immortal Marc Summers. On a lower level from these all time great game shows is “Figure It Out,” a show I never actually watched because it was on after I started going to college.
So while I (and possibly you) only watched Nick game shows on tv, Blue Jays star Marcus Stroman took it one step further and was on a Nick show. In fact, he won a prize on “Figure It Out”. In the link, there’s photographic evidence of young Marcus’ appearance. The smile is exactly the same. It’s pretty neat. Not sure he’s fond of seeing a childhood photo of him plastered all over social media; I would probably die if my goofy chipmunk face with thick glasses and frizzy hair made the rounds online.