Long story short, everybody lost. I didn't watch the Blackhawks or the Pacers, but I did record them. Still didn't watch it, though, because I saw they lost thanks to my new found addiction, ESPN Sports Bar. I'm not terribly proud of this, but there it is. I picked all my teams to win yesterday, because they are my teams. Swing and a miss there.
I did watch Purdue play, because Kristine got free tickets through work. I'm sure that helped keep me awake. After a slow start, it looked like Purdue had all the momentum in the second half, only to lose by two. Very deflating.
Wabash plays tonight on the road. I really hope somebody I root for can win this week.
In baseball news, Prince Fielder signed with the Tigers, his father's team. If you've read Moneyball,* you know Billy Beane didn't bother drafting Prince Fielder because he thought the Tigers would overpay for him because of his dad.
*Not the movie Moneyball. I have finally watched it, and it is a fine enough movie. But it totally ignores the drafting (and then not resigning once they are off their cheap rookie deals) aspect of the theory. It also didn't mention the A's happened to have one of the most dominant pitching trios of that era in Mulder, Hudson, and Zito, along with AL MVP Miguel Tejada and Eric Chavez in his prime. Maybe worse than ignoring of that, the movie says they have to sign Jeremy Giambi as one of the players to replace his brother. He was already on the team! I'm sure baseball fans, and probably most sports fans, will remember a famous play in the 2001 playoffs where Jeremy Giambi played a pivotal part. I still think he was safe, but sliding like any sensible little leaguer would have put the whole thing to bed. Still, all in all, it was a good movie and I think they did what they had to do to make a book that wasn't necessarily a story into a story.
The Tigers could have a really scary line up next year. Now, their defense might be pretty bad. Prince Fielder is not known for his glove, but he will play first. That means Miguel Cabrera will be moving back to third. And, well, there's a reason he was moved away from third. But if your choice is Cabrera or Fielder at third, I would take Miggy every time. Take a look at these options and tell me most pitchers wouldn't love to have that line up scoring runs for them.
It might change my thought that the Rangers are still the team to beat in the AL. Maybe. I'll have to think about it more when the season rolls closer. Of course, I also have another reason to root for the Rangers these days. They drafted Taylor Dennis, who was a little younger than me in high school. Like most everybody in Covington that was there when I was, He also played for my dad in Pony League. I know his dad better. Jeff, his dad, is a proud Wabash alum, who quit playing football to focus on baseball. Of course, as soon as he did that, the football team went to the national championship game. It really blows my mind to see things like this and this, though.