6. Maybe you already saw this funny and perfectly structured oral history of the fictional 1989 Cleveland Indians season as portrayed in the movie "Major League" Wednesday.
It went viral among baseball nuts Wednesday But it's worth passing along in case you didn't -- man, this is just one of those ideas you kick yourself for not coming up with first, sort of like Larry Granillo's brilliant sleuthing to identify the Cubs game Ferris Bueller attended during his famous day off.
Also, here's a perfect accompanying piece, an oral history of the making of the movie that appeared in Sports Illustrated two years ago. (As for the Pete Vuckovich card, the 1982 AL Cy Young award winner and zipper-phobe ...
... portrayed repulsive Yankees slugger Clu Haywood in the film.)
7. I love Major League Baseball. I love it even more when Manny Ramirez is a part of it, and I'll always remember his time with the Red Sox well for the most part. But I can't believe a 41-year-old who hit one home run in his last 105 big-league plate appearances in 2010 and '11 can get back to the majors and be of much assistance, at least without some assistance himself. I'd love to be proven wrong and see him get more than a cameo with the Rangers this season. But I don't think I will be.
8. Really curious to see what Derek Jeter, who will make his season debut Thursday after busting his ankle last October, can provide the Yankees. After looking like he was in natural decline in 2010 (90 OPS+) and '11 (100 OPS+), he bounced back improbably last year at age 38 with a season that wouldn't have looked out of place in his prime. I'm sure he'll still inside-out his share of hard singles to right field. But defensively, he could be a disaster. He's 39, coming off a severe injury, and wasn't particularly rangy as it was.
9. As for today's Completely Random Baseball Card:
Because sometimes, it really is random.
About Touching All The Bases
Irreverence and insight from Chad Finn, a Globe/Boston.com sports writer and media columnist. A winner of several national and regional writing awards, he is the founder and sole contributor to the TATB blog, which launched in December 2004. Yes, he realizes how lucky he is.