Incidentally, I simply cannot believe that I fell asleep for 2 FUCKING HOURS and woke up to this Paul Byrd mess. Allow me, if I may, to reveal to you an IM conversation I had with my friend Nick just last night:
futuremrsrickankiel: guhhhh I know I should be glad Evan Longoria is injured
futuremrsrickankiel: but he's just so goddamn cute
Nicholas: is there a baseball player you don't like?
Nicholas: you seem to love all manner of bball players
futuremrsrickankiel: I fucking hate Paul Byrd
Um. Yeah. That's where I stand on that. BLECH. The D-Backs get Dan Haren, the Brew Crew gets C.C. Sabathia, the Cubbies get Rich Harden, and we get Paul "Ma'am, it'll be a couple of weeks before we can get the part to fix that" Byrd. KILL ME. KILL ME NOW.
Frivolous prop bet of the night: Despite the fact that the Rangers would be about as effective in the post-season as a butter knife in a gang fight, they're currently hot on our heels for the AL Wild Card (they do, after all, play the Mariners 19 times this season). You know what that means: MORE REHASHING OF THE JOSH HAMILTON SAGA. I love Josh Hamilton and his oh-so-smooth swing, I really do... but it'll be a damn shame if his story overshadows all the hard work the rest of his teammates (except for the godawful pitching staff) are doing. Anyway, look for The Ballad of Josh and Yayo to come up at least 3 times tonight.
Serious prediction of the night: A first-in-the-majors win for Zink. Boom!