As I write this, my phone is telling me the temperature outside is -4. Usually the outside temp isn't a big deal as I'm typically writing this post holed-up in my fortress of solitude clothed in sweatpants and hoodie. However, Tuesday (and Monday) is the day I pickup my daughter and take her to school. There's a huge difference when it's -4 and you don't have to go outdoors (looking out window, "Oh look, that squirrel is frozen") and when you need to leave the house (open front door, "Oh look, my testicles have retracted"). Minus 4 makes your nose run and then instantly freezes the snot. Did I mention my fortress lacks a garage? So while the snot is freezing in my nose, my hands become brittle while scraping the ice off of my windshield causing me to search for my busted off fingers on the ground. Do you know how hard it is to type without fingers? Yep, God's country.
Hav sum Haloinks:
- Today is Hall of Fame day. This is the day the hallowed hall announces who wins this year's popularity contest voted on by many well-informed baseball writers, and some not-too-well-informed nitwits. 2015 Hall of Fame class set to be unveiled today - angels.com, "Anticipation about the Class of 2015 is very high, and for the second consecutive year, it's possible a large new group of players will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Electees from the Baseball Writers' Association of America ballot are set to be announced today at 2 p.m. ET, with induction scheduled for July 26. Coverage begins on MLB Network and MLB.com at 11 a.m. ET. Hall president Jeff Idelson will reveal any electees live at 2 p.m. The new Hall of Famers would then be introduced at a news conference on Wednesday at the famous Waldorf Astoria New York."
- The folks over at the MLB site posted their HoF ballots. Tracy Ringolsby had the ballot I would have submitted if I had a vote. Halos Heaven's favorite writer also posted his ballot: MLB.com reporters reveal their Hall of Fame ballots - MLB.com, "TRACY RINGOLSBY, national columnist - Bagwell, Biggio, Bonds, Clemens, Johnson, P. Martinez, Piazza, Raines, Smoltz, Trammell. LYLE SPENCER, national reporter - Biggio, Johnson, P. Martinez, McGriff, Mussina, Piazza, Raines, Schilling, Smoltz, Trammell." It looks like Lyle is an anti-PED voter.
- Here's your must-read article of the day: One man’s ballot - NBC SportsWorld, Joe Posnanski is the best.
- Arrest made in death of former Angels draft pick Ryan Bolden - Crime Blog: Orange County Register, "Police have said a dispute between children at an apartment complex over candy on Dec. 17 escalated with adults getting involved and the 23-year-old Bolden eventually being shot."
- As I've written many times before, any player is worth having...at the right price. Maybe Shields' price will drop enough to be worth having: James Shields likely to get more than $100 million on free-agent market - FOX Sports, "Some executives, in fact, say they would be surprised if Shields topped $100 million, considering he is 33 and perhaps due for regression coming off eight straight 200-inning seasons. ...The Yankees, Tigers and Angels are among the teams with questions in their rotation, but none has been linked to Shields, who received a qualifying offer from the Royals and would cost any new team a draft pick in addition to salary."