Is “Sean Gallagher” a pseudonym for Josh Vitters?

Because otherwise this Rich Harden trade makes me very, very sad.

I guess it makes sense that you can’t get a #3 overall pick with a massive ceiling who’s still like 19 years old for a pitcher who’s one throw away from launching his right arm into the stands, but still.  Mr. Harden was an absolute joy to watch — when he was on the mound, which unfortunately wasn’t all that often — and he will certainly be missed in Oakland.

But realistically, if he goes down one more time, Billy Beane and the A’s would never get anything for him, and in this case they got three ML-ready players and a second-round pick from last year, which ain’t too bad. It’s not ideal but it is what it is, and you gotta figure Harden’s just not going to make a full season. He was complaining of a “dead arm” a couple starts ago, so maybe this is sell-high time.

In other news, A-Rod’s divorce has been a boon for this blog. Sorry, buddy. Hope you get to keep the house.

Published in: on July 9, 2008 at 4:25 pm  Comments (3)  

ODT’s Best Albums of 2007, The Grand Finale


The moment all four of you have been waiting for. Read the writeup after the jump.


Published in: on January 1, 2008 at 7:33 pm  Leave a Comment  

A decree

decree.gifOkay, I’ve done a lot of bitching and moaning over the past few months (some of it pretty damn well deserved, I’d say), but I’ve been pretty hard on 2007. This year is just mosying along, minding its own business, and I’m over here at the saloon yelling at it as I fall out of my chair. It’s funny at first, but then it gets tiresome, and if I don’t watch myself, I’m going to be riddled with bullet holes.

So I hereby renounce my complaining about 2007. Shitty things certainly happened, but good things happened too. Maybe the balance ends up firmly in the red this time around. But either way, taking any of it too seriously is a waste of time.

This is not (directly) related to “Love to a Monster,” by the way. That song and everything I wrote about it is true. But it is now my desire to retire from the ranks of professional wallowers.

I hope there will still be music left for me.

Published in: on November 20, 2007 at 10:58 am  Comments (1)