I had wanted the Yankees to get Vlad last offseason, and was disappointed when they picked Sheffield instead. However, both excelled in thier new environment, and I am Glad Vlad got some much deserved praise.
So much for the 'writers don't stay up late and watch their games' theory.
Agent: Tell you what, sir. From now on, you'll be, uh, Homer Thompson at Terror Lake. Let's just practise a bit, hmm? When I say, "Hello, Mr. Thompson," you'll say, "Hi." Homer: Check. Agent: Hello, Mr. Thompson. Homer: [stares blankly] Agent: Remember now, your name is Homer Thompson. Homer: I gotcha. Agent: Hello, Mr. Thompson. Homer: [stares blankly] [A long time later] Agent: [sighs in frustration] Now, when I say, "Hello, Mr. Thompson," and press down on your foot, you smile and nod. Homer: No problem. Agent: Hello, Mr. Thompson! [stomps on Homer's foot a few times] Homer: [stares blankly then says to other agent] I think he's talking to you.....
Maybe it's just his strike call, but it seemed the ump was pointing The Phenomenal A.J. Pierzynski (forget the ESPNews anchor who uses that nickname, but it's one of the few of its ilk that works) over to first.