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Saturday's List of 13: Clearing out a cluttered mind........
13) Did you know three of the 10 richest people in America (according to Forbes magazine) are affiliated with Wal-Mart? I had no idea.
12) Tampa Bay unveiled prize prospect Matt Moore this week, and you wonder if their reluctance to promote the young lefty sooner might cost them a playoff spot. Kid struck out 11 in five scoreless IP, getting 18 misses on 45 Bronx swings. Now, if only he could hit…….
11) What do Bills’ QB Ryan Fitzpatrick and comedian Carrot Top have in common? They’re both sons of rocket scientists. Go figure. Fitzpatrick proposed to his wife at a McDonald’s, and she still said yes.
10) Speaking of Carrot Top, he’s a guest star on the season debut of CSI this week. Man is a comic genius. Seriously. He is.
9) We hear so many horror stories about athletes and money, its good to hear a success story. Remember Junior Bridgeman, who played college ball at Louisville and scored over 11,000 points as a sharpshooting guard with the Bucks? Turns out the guy now owns 165 Wendy’s restaurants. How rich is HE? There's a guy who made the most of opportunity.
8) Not sure why, but Vin Scully was talking about Rennie Stennett’s 7-hit game the other night, the only one in baseball history; turns out that Stennett’s first hit that night was against Cubs’ ace Rick Reuschel; his 7th hit was against Reuschel’s brother Paul. They pinch-ran for Stennett after his 7th hit; the pinch-runner? Former Mets manager Willie Randolph.
7) East Carolina has applied for membership into the Big East; not sure why they haven’t added Memphis too, unless the Big 12 wants Tigers and all their Fed Ex advertising money.
6) Not sure what station this is on, but saw a show other night, hosted by Tony Siragusa, where they do over part of a guy’s house into a man cave for him. It was pretty cool how they did it; it’s a lot like Tanked, only without aquariums. Show is fittingly titled Man Caves. Very original.
5) Mets’ Willie Harris has two homers this season (in 218 AB) that came 171 days apart, about as far apart as they could be and still happen in the same season, seeing as a season is roughly 181 days long.
4) Part of the reason the Brewers are going to be a playoff team this year is their starting pitchers stayed very healthy. Milwaukee used only six starting pitchers all season and they were 4-3 in starts made by #6 starter Estrada, who did pretty well (3.70 RA in seven starts).
3) They’re selling some goofy thing on latenight TV called Thundershirts, which supposedly calm your dog down during a thunderstorm. It is suggested during the commercial that some people give their dogs anti-depressants to get them through storms. Wow. Who knew?
2) Two years ago, Kenley Janzen was a minor league catcher; this month, he is a dominating relief pitcher for the Dodgers, having gotten 24 of his last 31 outs via the strikeout. He has closer written all over him.
1) Hard to believe, but NBA claims they have no Plan B for next year’s draft, should there be no NBA season this year. Any change in normal procedure would have to be approved by the NBAPA, so that would just muddle things even further. This is a billion dollar industry that is really clueless right now.