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  1. Phew, I thought the whole post was going to be about the actor thing. Still didn’t read the rest but man would that have been embarrassing.

    Comment by Bill — June 24, 2011 @ 9:11 am

  2. The Yankees had three SPs on the All Star team last year. It can be done. The Phillies don’t really deserve any position players on the roster, though Polanco looks like he will make it at 3B. Interesting to see if Madson makes it as well.

    Comment by DD — June 24, 2011 @ 9:15 am

  3. If you’d gone back one year, you’d have had Chipper Jones in ’99 as well.

    Comment by Temo — June 24, 2011 @ 9:15 am

  4. I like the lead-in. Almost like a Simpsons episode.

    Comment by Ashwin — June 24, 2011 @ 9:34 am

  5. Yeah, he didn’t make the All-Star team the year he ended up winning the MVP, but his teammate Brian Jordan did, lol.

    Comment by Ryan — June 24, 2011 @ 9:43 am

  6. Way to register your disdain, it has been so noted in the minutes. Go away now.

    Comment by Jason B — June 24, 2011 @ 9:49 am

  7. I think Kirk Gibson managed the MVP without ever making an AS team – I can’t recall if he’s the only one ever though.

    Comment by test — June 24, 2011 @ 9:55 am

  8. I would have used Joe Torre for Clint Eastwood. Above average player who didn’t start winning the real awards until he got too old to play (act) and started coaching (directing).

    Comment by Sam — June 24, 2011 @ 9:57 am

  9. That’s a great one!

    Comment by Eric Seidman — June 24, 2011 @ 9:57 am

  10. Andrew McCutchen has a teeny chance of pulling it off this year. First he’d have to get left off the All-Star roster, which shouldn’t happen, but Joel Hanrahan is on pace to get picked and Bochy might decide that the Pirates don’t get more than one All-Star.

    Then the Pirates would have to make the playoffs. (Look, I said it was a teeny chance. They’re three games out now.) If that happened it might be a huge enough deal that the writers would have to look at who their best players actually were, and maybe McCutchen would have a shot. Though probably it goes to Ryan Howard, as a guy with a bunch of RBIs on a playoff team.

    I kind of feel like Al Franken gaming out the scenarios for an Arlen Convention.

    Comment by matt w — June 24, 2011 @ 11:17 am

  11. He “is”, excluding the players who were MVPs before the All-Star Game began. However, he was selected to coach on Bruce Bochy’s staff this year, so he’s technically on the roster.

    Comment by Evan Bruschini — June 24, 2011 @ 11:28 am

  12. I see a little bit of Tom Hanks in Jose Bautista. Spends the first half of his career as a joke and then suddenly one day he suddenly turns into THE WORLD’S GREATEST ACTOR. Tom Hanks? Back-to-back Oscars? Really? Doesn’t that sound like Bautista?

    Comment by mkd — June 24, 2011 @ 12:05 pm

  13. sorry for the double-suddenly, didn’t proofread that hard enough

    Comment by mkd — June 24, 2011 @ 12:07 pm

  14. Yeah, but the Oscar for Forrest Gump was as well deserved as Derek Jeter’s Gold Glove. God that movie sucked.

    Charlize Theron is kind of Brady Anderson, isn’t she? Nothing special for a while, then Monster is the best performance ever, and she gets a nomination for North Country, but before long it’s back to Aeon Flux.

    Comment by matt w — June 24, 2011 @ 12:18 pm

  15. Especially since Eastwood could credibly play Torre, aside from the fact that he doesn’t look Italian.

    Comment by The Ancient Mariner — June 24, 2011 @ 12:25 pm


    Comment by Luke M — June 24, 2011 @ 12:27 pm

  17. Forrest Gump was not terrible.

    Comment by Snoth — June 24, 2011 @ 12:44 pm

  18. Forrest Gump = Not terrible. Also generated a pretty fine chain of restaurants in Bubba Gump’s Shrimp Co.

    Comment by Bryz — June 24, 2011 @ 1:25 pm

  19. Forrest Gump, terrible? That’s news to me.

    Comment by My echo and bunnymen (Dodgers Fan) — June 24, 2011 @ 4:31 pm

  20. What about comparing Clint Eastwood to Babe Ruth? Great pitcher and then becomes the best player ever.

    Comment by twac00 — June 24, 2011 @ 4:40 pm

  21. I’d like to say something about “to each his own,” but I can’t. Forrest Gump was terrible. If I hadn’t been going with a friend who was on leave from the Army, I would’ve walked out before Tom Hanks even showed up, and it didn’t improve.

    Comment by matt w — June 24, 2011 @ 7:24 pm

  22. Yes, but you probably also thought Showgirls was great

    Comment by Thenickbusch — June 24, 2011 @ 10:04 pm

  23. Put me down on the list for liking Showgirls, which is crazy, unpredictable, and one of Verhoeven’s best movies and not Forrest Gump, which is nostalgia packaged up in Hollywood sentimentality, made to order for the awards crowd.

    Comment by Reuben — June 25, 2011 @ 4:25 am

  24. There isn’t really a transition from the first section of this post to the second. It’s a pretty awkward read imo if you expect it to go back to comparing ballplayers and actors/actresses.

    Comment by Reuben — June 25, 2011 @ 4:26 am

  25. Is Clint Eastwood really the greatest ever? That’s a bad comp for me because a) Eastwood was an actor longer than Ruth was a pitcher, and was a more established one, and b) Ruth was a better hitter than Eastwood is a director.

    Comment by Eric Seidman — June 25, 2011 @ 9:33 am

  26. pretty sure joe torre has an mvp

    Comment by david — June 26, 2011 @ 1:22 am

  27. terry pendleton in 1991. he can be played by delroy lindo.

    Comment by david — June 26, 2011 @ 1:35 am

  28. only with the internet are such things possible

    Comment by jim — June 26, 2011 @ 3:00 am

  29. steve mcqueen = lou gehrig

    harrison ford… henry aaron? pete rose? someone around forever…

    Comment by jim — June 26, 2011 @ 3:02 am

  30. i think gary cooper has dibs on gehrig.

    harrison ford is like stan musial.

    griffey jr is more like morgan freeman (beloved no matter what he does).

    pete rose could be john huston (played numerous positions for a few teams while huston acted and directed and wrote and drank for many years). plus they both have a gap in their teeth and are know for grittiness (charlie hustle:treasure of the sierra madre)

    Comment by david — June 26, 2011 @ 3:08 pm

  31. Kids, don’t do drugs.

    Comment by Chris — June 26, 2011 @ 6:30 pm

  32. oh yeah, cal ripken jr is paul newman—the eyes and the persona

    Comment by david — June 26, 2011 @ 7:19 pm

  33. I reflexively close my browser after starting to read any aritcle that begins, “My followers and I…”

    Comment by evo34 — June 27, 2011 @ 3:37 am

  34. Showgirls was dreadfully boring, and so were most of the comments in this thread. I am going to bed!

    Comment by kick me in the GO NATS — June 27, 2011 @ 3:47 am

  35. And Clint Eastwood has The Good The Bad and The Ugly

    Comment by John Valentin — June 27, 2011 @ 8:57 am

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