Man, it's crazy time - I find myself believing almost everything I hear.
It doesn't help that I've got Olson here screwing with me via i-phone all the time.
I get about 10 messages in a row that have nothing to do with baseball - stuff about meetings or work - and suddenly there's "Miles/Fox to A's". I go online and sure enough it's true. Just when I'm believing him, I get the "Fontenot/Theriot for Tejada". It's something I can just about imagine being real, so like an idiot I'm searching everywhere for it.
If you listen to sports radio enough, you hear the really imaginative ones.
"They should move Soriano to 2nd and trade Fontenot for Jason Bay."
Absolute nonsense, and Olson loves to send stuff like that too.
I work with a Cardinal fan, Jay. Awhile back I ended a long email to him with this: "So sorry about Pujols."
He opened it too late to call anybody, made himself insane trying to find the story.
Cracks me up because this is a whole new world of being able to mess with people. Back in the (not too distant) day, I knew trading was going on during the winter, but it wasn't in the paper or anything.
Now it's all we talk about.
These Winter Meetings, what are they really? Is there a big room with general managers and owners walking around smoking cigars and swilling single malt, saying things like "I'm officially dangling Jorge Posada."?
Does George Steinbrenner slam a gavel around while a serious Andy MacPhail takes the minutes and the rest wear pointy wizard hats looking up at "the board" with photos of prized free agents? Do they try to drink each other under the table and the guy with the hollowest leg gets the best deal? Maybe the Phillies' Ruben Amaro has a heavy who says things like, "You will do what Mr. Amaro is asking or I gonna bust your thumbs."
I'd love to go.
Anyway, super busy here and it's time for work.
You all heard about Zambrano, right?