Monday, June 11, 2007


Steve, filling in for Tom over at If I Ran The Zoo, explains.

"IMG_1515," uploaded by "afeng 759" on June 5, 2007:

So check this shit out. It's not only crackers.

No way.

Yes, you can request
anything. Anything at all. The other day I said "Polly wanna six-pack and a hot red-head parakeet" and they gave 'em to me! What a night, lemme tell you.

So if I say "Polly wanna bowl of ice cream and some comic books," they'll give them to me?

Ohhhh jeez, we gotta get that chain off your foot. Widen your perspective a little. But yeah, if that's what you want. Just ask for it.



Blogger George said...

Your blog has gone to the birds, Mike.

Very funny birds.

And what the heck is up with the Mets?

12:09 PM  
Blogger Smitty said...

The Mets lost to my Tigers, that's what. Smitty rejoices.

4:22 PM  
Blogger George said...

They lost to the Phillies, too, Smitty, so don't be so smug.

6:50 PM  
Anonymous the frogster said...

"It is believed that the rare albino parrot, known only as Mr. White, still controls the avian underworld while incarcerated, by giving orders to birds there on weekly visits."

7:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Polly wanna bomb Iran? Squaaawk!

2:49 PM  
Blogger George said...

Hey, Mike, long time no blog.

This new job of your isn't good for the internets.

12:31 PM  
Blogger Comandante Agí said...

Want to see some real baseball? Watch my alma mater UC Irvine compete in the college world series this weekend! Just kidding. Hope the break is treating you well, Mike. And yeah, I know all about work interfering with blogging, uggh...

10:23 PM  
Blogger DWilkers said...

The Astros are so bad they signed Chan Ho Park to a minor league deal.

That's right. They're so desperate they're signing Mets cast offs.

Last night Wheeler even got in a shoving match with Sampson in the dugout after he (Wheeler) melted down for 5 runs in the 8th. Which came one night after Lidge's return to the closer role in which he blew a save in the 9th.

And here's how we line up: Biggio (.219), Lamb (.260), Berkman (.251), Everett (.230), Ausmus (.244), Ensberg (.223).

Kinda makes you quiver in fear doesn't it?

Its an absolute joy to watch as a fan I promise you.

8:29 AM  
Blogger George said...

sorry, I typoed, so here's the comment with real words in it....

But you Astros fans get to see the excitement of Biggio's 3000th hit. Isn't that better than winning games?

Any NL team that trots out offensive sinkholes Everett and Ausmus--for season after season--thereby writing off 33% of a line-up, gets what's coming to it.

12:28 PM  
Blogger DWilkers said...

They went to the WS with those guys in the lineup. They aren't the problem. Everett and Ausmus both bring superior play to the table in at least one aspect of their performance.

You can win in the NL with a couple of weak bats, but you can't win with more than that and average to mediocre pitching too.

This is why I was ripping (what's left of) my hair out last fall. There's no way you discard guys like Pettitte and Clemens and Taveras with that lineup and remain competitive.

The good news for everybody else is I suspect Jennings and Lidge (or Wheeler or Qualls) are all on the trading block. I'd say Ensberg is too but apparently they've shopped him and Lane and neither has enough value to get a decent batboy in trade. The Astros will be looking for good young catchers, third base and right fielder types.

2:34 PM  
Anonymous wfta said...

We may not agree on much, but you know your baseball. You’ve diagnosed Monsters of Minute Maid to a tee.

I don’t have a clue about the payroll business of baseball, but I blew a gasket when they traded Taveras. I checked the paper. One guy in the ‘stros line up last night was batting for a better average than Taveras. These guys couldn’t hit the water if they fell out of a boat.

3:55 PM  
Blogger DWilkers said...

I thought it was the worst week in at least the last decade of Astros history.

First, we decide not to pursue Pettitte over 2 mil a year - meaning we lose Clemens too - so you have to think that they're thinking the remaining pitching is good enough. I don't agree, but that's what it seemed they were thinking.

Then out of the blue we trade Bucholz, Taveras and Hirsch for Jennings, a free agent after this year that has made it known he wants to test the FA market, and a guy with a known iffy elbow.

So - this is how I see it anyway - in effect we've traded Taveras, Bucholz, Hirsch, Pettitte and Clemens for a 6 month renta pitcher and 2 million bucks. Worst. Trade. Ever. Worst ten days in modern Astros history.

And Taveras is the only real center fielder we've had since Beltran. So they put Burke - a .250 hitting second baseman - in one of the biggest center fields in the NL.

It still makes my blood boil thinking about it. Clearly they were blowing the team up last fall and nobody else (by nobody else I mean our glorious local sports buffoons) could see that.

5:37 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

one of the biggest center fields in the NL.

And the only one with a hill.

6:41 AM  
Anonymous wfta said...

Hey, don't knock Minute Maid. It may have a hill, but it is an exceptionally comfortable place to watch a game.

Unfortunately the food and the team suck.

9:40 AM  

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