Hardline -- Not So Remote. We walked past the kids' ballpark where The Hardline was doing their remote. We were pretty early, so I told Mrs. Plainsman I was going to go down and check out the remote. I arrived as they were going into a break. They seemed pretty relaxed, seemed to be having a good time. Here they are as the spots are running:
Danny "Wool Hat" Balis, Corby Davidson, Mike Rhyner on break
outside the Jim Sundberg Junior Ballpark, Rangers Ballpark at Arlington,
just before Game 5, 11-01-10On the far right you can see Craig Miller's distinctive profile entering the frame. During the break he said hello to The Hardline and spoke to a couple of other people he knew. I thought I would wait until The Hardline started broadcasting again and Craig was freed up and I'd introduce myself to him. But at that point, Mrs. Plainsman horsecollared me to return to our trek to The Temple, so I maintain my status of never having met or spoken to anyone connected with The Ticket.
Classy Rangers Fans. The Musers have mentioned this today, and I agree completely -- the Rangers fans were 100% cool. When the game was over, they didn't instantly pour out of the station. Everyone was standing and applauding. Part of it was wanting to view the drama of a World Series celebration live on our own humble ballyard; part of it was to give a final cheer and a nice hand for the Rangers in thanks for a groovy ride this year; but I sensed that a part of it also was to show respect for the Giants and their fans who were present. (May have been where we were sitting -- fourth row upper deck behind home late -- but the Giants fans were pretty loud.)
Retooling Those Swings. Nolan Ryan said in a post-game interview that we're a fastball-hitting team and the Giants had us scouted out pretty well and threw a lot of curves and offspeed stuff that got close enough to the strike zone to be taken seriously. No kidding. Our guys were way out in front of pitch after pitch. On the way home, The Memsahib asked: "Can't they change that when the pitcher isn't throwing fastballs?" I said I didn't know, but I hope Clint Hurdle does.
Good Dan. We listened to Diamond Talk on the way home with Sean Bass, David Newbury, and Dan McDowell. It was a good show, and Dan was especially good. He was incisive, succinct, and reflected the attitude that most fans seem to have. Kept the snark to -- well, I'm not sure I heard any. Very nice job. Hmm, maybe Dan needs a change of scenery, a show where he's the senior partner and not expected to be a Sports Humorist. Let me think about that one. Dan was pretty good last night.
Your World Series Joke, Guaranteed Original. I sent this to Corby but haven't been able to listen to the entire Hardline, so don't know if it made the air:
What do you get when you're sick of making lease payments on your apartment?
Let's Go, Rangers.