I am NOT going to make fun of people watching the Royal Wedding

When I heard there was a Royal wedding, I thought “Does it involve George Brett? U. L. Washington? Pete LaCock?”

The I realized it was Royal as in “someday king of England” royal.

I couldn’t possibly care less about this wedding in England today.
It’s not for me.

Two 20 somethings are getting married. Both will spend the rest of their lives waving and not paying taxes.

If you ARE caught up in it, I won’t make fun of you. It’s easy to act too cool for school and laugh at people who are crying over the wedded bliss of a gold digger and the dauphin’s dauphin.

But guess what? We ALL get caught up in something that other people roll their eyes at and say “Who cares?”

Oh you can claim that all you do is work, charity, family work and catching up on classic literature, but EVERYONE has that obsessive vice.

It could be a show.
While you are talking excitedly about the latest episode of Glee, or Mad Men, or The Wire or Breaking Bad or True Blood or American Idol or Top Chef or Survivor or whatever your show is, there is someone who is thinking “Oh why are you wasting time watching that?”

It could be movies.
If you are a film buff talking about classic or cult films or a movie lover who ran out to see the latest new release, someone is shrugging saying “that doesn’t interest me at all.”

Maybe it is music.
You know how interesting you find that latest band or some deep track? Well you sound like Charlie Brown’s teacher talking to some of us.

Maybe it’s art. Maybe it is politics. Maybe it is religion. Maybe it is your latest hiking expedition.
They mean everything to you but to some other people they think “Borrrrring.”

I obsess over the Oscars and I have so many friends think “Why? They are lame.”
But I do anyway.

And oh yeah. I write 2 or 3 times a day on this blog about baseball.

I can make fun of people crying over this wedding and act like I am above it all. But I bet most of the people watching the wedding with a box of Kleenex in their hands don’t care about Daisuke Matsuzaka’s start against Seattle tonight at Fenway.

So I won’t throw stones.
Good luck William and Kate. You look like a cute couple.
And I assume you read this blog.


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A few facts about the Indians

No matter what happens the next two days, the Indians will finish April in first place in the American League Central.

Today, the Indians were the only AL Central team to win. The stumbling Twins got blown out TWICE today and the Tigers couldn’t beat the Mariners at home. The White Sox lost to the Yankees and the Royals lost to the Tribe.

The Indians are currently the best team in the American League and the worst they can finish the month is tied for second best in the American League.

They have the biggest lead of any current division leader. (4 1/2 games. 5 in the loss column.)

They are an exciting brand of baseball with good pitching, clutch homers and deep bench.

They are having trouble selling tickets.

Turn this around, Indians fans. The Tribe is 1/6 of the way there. Yeah there still is a lot of season to be played, but you can’t ask for a better START than this!

Who knows? If the gap continues to widen and the rest of the division can’t get out of their own way, there might me something to cheer for.

The facts are undeniable.

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Once again, Phil Hughes has become Rodney Dangerfield in Caddyshack

Remember when Phil Hughes was the Yankees solid #2 starter?
It seems a lot longer ago than last summer, doesn’t it?

He was so bad in the second half of last year and in the playoffs that some people thought that maybe he wasn’t all he was cracked up to be.

He has been godawful this year. So bad that the Yankees have put him on the disabled list, even though it isn’t 100% clear why.

Chris DeLuca, creator of What Sucks, wrote on his Twitter page:

Breaking: Yankee doctors about to diagnose Phil Hughes with “sucking”.

It’s funny and it is also familiar.

I wrote about the same thing happening in 2008.

Hughes was pitching awfully for the Yankees and suddenly he was on the disabled list with what looked like a case of the “We can’t send him to the minors because we’ll look stupid for not including him in a trade for Johan Santana” syndrome.

Cut to 2011 and he has the “This will make it look even worse that we couldn’t sign Cliff Lee and Phil Hughes sucks”-itis.

2 times in four years Hughes has been so bad that they had to shove him on the DL.
So if you are keeping score, he has one mediocre year in the bigs (2007, his rookie year.)

He has one good year as a set up man (2009, his World Series year.)

Half a year as an All Star starter (2010.)
Half a year where he was a below average starter (2010.)

And two seasons where he simply didn’t look like a big leaguer (2008 and 2011.)

The ace half year could have been a Dontrelle Willis level fluke.

Meanwhile he is going on the DL after once again reenacting the “Ow My Arm!” scene form Caddyshack.

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