On Monday's show, I talked about the disease that is spreading into every sports town in America. It's called National Nonsense. Unfortunately, we are not safe from the virus in San Antonio. Too much ESPN. Too many national sports talk radio networks. It's everywhere.
For the uninitiated, National Nonsense is when a story that is not remotely important becomes a huge deal for no reason. Then, it becomes the ONLY thing anyone is talking about. It's the lede on "Around the Horn" and "Skip Bayless and Screaming A Smith Yell At Each Other Show" (that's what it's called, right?).
National nonsense is delivering a huge body blow today. Jacoby Ellsbury just signed with the Yankees (everyone cares about New York!) for a billion dollars or something. It's super important because no player has ever gotten an overblown salary from the Yankees. AND Ellsbury played for the Red Sox! No player has ever left Boston to get more money in New York!! **AND** the Yankees said they were going to be fiscally responsible even though they could buy and sell every player in baseball just off the money they make from YES Network. Why won't they just act like the Oakland A's because that's ever been their M.O?
Coming up today on The Show, NOT this. Thank you.
The Texas Rangers made a move today, moving Craig Gentry to the A's in a four player deal (including A's prospect Michael Choice)...
Gentry, 30, is the big name here. He hit .280/.373/.386 with 24 stolen bases last season in 287 plate appearances. He's a career .280/.355/.366 hitter over the course of five seasons and 763 plate appearances. He's stolen 56 bases in 66 tries in his career.
Also of note: Gentry is an outstanding defender with great range. He'll serve as an asset to the A's with his high on-base ability and in terms of covering a lot of ground in the spacious outfield at O.co Coliseum.
Do we really care a lot about this trade? No. But it does allow me to use that picture (above) from Major League. Seriously, how bad did Gentry suck that he was red tagged out of spring training? Their outfield (and I always believed Gentry was an outfielder) included a slugger that couldn't hit breaking balls, a speedster that couldn't hit much at all, and "Tomlinson." (BTW, didn't even have to look that up! FTW!). Was Tomlinson that good defensively? If so, why was he their LF? All we know about his hitting is that "he gave it ride but came up short." And that led "The Duke" into the game. If anything, Tomlinson COST his team! Gentry was worse than that? Yikes.
You suck, Gentry! Ha, ha.
Well, you had to go ahead and score on one of the best plays in college football history, didn't you, Chris Davis?!? All credit due to Davis, BUT we now live in a world where Ohio State is going to play for the National Championship. I hope you're happy, Auburn. The rest of us suffer. The Big 10 gets to play for the BCS? Ugh. Thanks for nothing, Chris Davis.
The only thing that makes me happy is hearing Auburn's radio call of the play. Play by play guy does a good job. But the color analyst freaking out and going 100% homer honk? Magnificent! Listen when Davis hits the Bama 40, "OH MY GOD!"