Understandably, chatting about baseball here on Extra Bases has not exactly been fun of late.
The Red Sox are . . . well, you know how the Red Sox are.
So in the interest of having some fun with baseball, here are five questions to ponder. Please post your answers in the comments section so your fellow readers can enjoy the responses.
Question 1: If you could meet any one player in baseball history, who would it be?
My answer: Definitely Ted Williams. I saw him once, but never had a chance to actually speak to him. I would have loved the chance to ask him about hitting, fishing and flying a fighter in the Korean War. What a fascinating life he led.
Question 2: Who is your favorite non-Red Sox player in the majors now?
My answer: Ichiro Suzuki. You can find comparisons to most any player out there. But who compares to Ichiro? He plays with a style all his own and he can change a game by hitting a ball 90 feet. Can't wait to hear his speech when he makes the Hall of Fame.
Question 3: If you could pick any one active pitcher to start Game 1 of the World Series, who would it be?
My answer: This is a tough one. Do you want somebody with big-game experience or just the best guy out there? The top choices are King Felix or Justin Verlander. But you can't discount somebody like CC Sabathia. I'd go with King Felix.
Question 4: If you could attend any one game in baseball history, which would it be?
My answer: I'd bet the answer for most folks will be Game 6 in the 1975 World Series to see Pudge Fisk hit that home run. But I'd pick the 1934 All-Star game to see Carl Hubbell strike out Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons and Joe Cronin in order.
Question 5: If you could pick any one player in the majors to add to the Red Sox roster, who would it be? Take age, salary and health into account.
My answer: They need pitching, so Stephen Strasburg it is. But Mike Trout is awfully tempting.
Bonus question: Name your favorite baseball movie.
My answer: It's "Bull Durham." It's a real baseball movie, not a movie about kids, a talking cornfield or AARP Robert Redford playing baseball. Susan Sarandon still had her fastball in 1988, Robert Wohl is hilarious and there are at least 30 memorable lines. But you're not wrong to pick "Major League."
Have at it, gang.