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Robert Jones  
Grant Balfour
5/10/07, 1:05pm


Does any player in baseball have a funnier name for their position than Brewers prospect Grant Balfour. What could Abbot and Costello have done using that in their routine?

(Bottom of Seventh Inning of 2-2 game, 2 out and runner at 2nd...pitching change situation)


Manager: Hey Ump! I want to make a some changes here.
Ump: Okay, What ya got?
Manager: I am going to Grant Balfour for this batter.
Ump: You want to grant ball four for this batter? You sure?
Manager: Yeah that's what I got
Ump: Okay, Batter go on down to first.
Manager: What did you do that for Blue?
Ump: You said you wanted to grant ball four for that batter!
Manager: Yeah but I didn't want to walk him!!!!

Could you imagine having Grant Balfour and Bob Walk as your relievers?

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Larry Levy  
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5/10/07, 2:55pm
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LOL!!! Right.

Sort of like the old joke about the Englishman watching his first baseball game. He asks the guy sitting next to him why the batter went to first base without hitting the ball. "Well, said the spectator, he got four balls."

"Oh, exclaimed the Englishmen, no wonder he can't run."

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Re: Grant Balfour
5/10/07, 4:26pm
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> very funny, you should write comedy scripts.
>
>Does any player in baseball have a funnier name for their
>position than Brewers prospect Grant Balfour. What could Abbot
>and Costello have done using that in their routine?
>
>(Bottom of Seventh Inning of 2-2 game, 2 out and runner at
>2nd...pitching change situation)
>
>
>Manager: Hey Ump! I want to make a some changes here.
>Ump: Okay, What ya got?
>Manager: I am going to Grant Balfour for this batter.
>Ump: You want to grant ball four for this batter? You sure?
>Manager: Yeah that's what I got
>Ump: Okay, Batter go on down to first.
>Manager: What did you do that for Blue?
>Ump: You said you wanted to grant ball four for that batter!
>Manager: Yeah but I didn't want to walk him!!!!
>
>
>
>Could you imagine having Grant Balfour and Bob Walk as your
>relievers?
>
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Robert Reed  
Re: Grant Balfour
5/10/07, 4:31pm (Last Edited: 5/10/07, 4:32pm)
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>LOL!!! Right.
>
>Sort of like the old joke about the Englishman watching his
>first baseball game. He asks the guy sitting next to him why
>the batter went to first base without hitting the ball. "Well,
>said the spectator, he got four balls."
>
>"Oh, exclaimed the Englishmen, no wonder he can't run."

Reminds me of my Dad, at his first game,(on one of his trips over), someone,(I think Piazza), hit a home run--fans were on their feet, shouting "at the top of their lungs", he could not understand what the commotion was about, stating,"what happened"?.

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Re: Grant Balfour
5/11/07, 8:57am
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>>LOL!!! Right.
>>
>>Sort of like the old joke about the Englishman watching his
>>first baseball game. He asks the guy sitting next to him why
>>the batter went to first base without hitting the ball.
>"Well,
>>said the spectator, he got four balls."
>>
>>"Oh, exclaimed the Englishmen, no wonder he can't run."
>
>Reminds me of my Dad, at his first game,(on one of his trips
>over), someone,(I think Piazza), hit a home run--fans were on
>their feet, shouting "at the top of their lungs", he could not
>understand what the commotion was about, stating,"what
>happened"?.

LOL!!! I'd be just as lost at a cricket match...probably more

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Robert Reed  
Re: Grant Balfour
5/11/07, 2:01pm (Last Edited: 5/11/07, 2:08pm)
graphic
>>LOL!!! Right.
>>
>>Sort of like the old joke about the Englishman watching his
>>first baseball game. He asks the guy sitting next to him
>why
>>the batter went to first base without hitting the ball.
>"Well,
>>said the spectator, he got four balls."
>>
>>"Oh, exclaimed the Englishmen, no wonder he can't run."
>
>Reminds me of my Dad, at his first game,(on one of his trips
>over), someone,(I think Piazza), hit a home run--fans were
>on
>their feet, shouting "at the top of their lungs", he could
>not
>understand what the commotion was about, stating,"what
>happened"?.
>
>LOL!!! I'd be just as lost at a cricket match...probably more
>

Thats why, (Cricket,) the fellow could not understand going to "base", without hitting the ball.
The object is to protect the wicket, and prevent the bowler from "bowling the batsman out", and ONLY run on a "hit", that is, if he so decides.
The batter could theoretically be there all day, deciding which hit to run on "a tap here, a tap there".
Of course if he "whacks it" to the boundary line he is Guaranteed 4 runs, and if he "whacks it" over the boundary he gets six runs guaranteed, the "hitting for six" being equivalent of a "home run".
Don't forget that after each six consecutive bowls, the umpire shouts "Over", and they then change ends, I always wondered WHY on that one., also there is lunch in the middle, and if they go past 4 O'clock they briefly stop for a "teabreak"., now, Larry you've "got it",------- right?

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5/11/07, 2:50pm
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>Thats why, (Cricket,) the fellow could not understand going to
>"base", without hitting the ball.
>The object is to protect the wicket, and prevent the bowler
>from "bowling the batsman out", and ONLY run on a "hit", that
>is, if he so decides.
>The batter could theoretically be there all day, deciding
>which hit to run on "a tap here, a tap there".
>Of course if he "whacks it" to the boundary line he is
>Guaranteed 4 runs, and if he "whacks it" over the boundary he
>gets six runs guaranteed, the "hitting for six" being
>equivalent of a "home run".
>Don't forget that after each six consecutive bowls, the umpire
>shouts "Over", and they then change ends, I always wondered
>WHY on that one., also there is lunch in the middle, and if
>they go past 4 O'clock they briefly stop for a "teabreak".,
>now, Larry you've "got it",------- right?

Clear as mud!

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Re: Grant Balfour
5/11/07, 9:54pm (Last Edited: 5/11/07, 9:59pm)
Where I grew up a cricket was used to catch a bream. In baseball a Bream is a formerly over-the-hill slow moving first baseman that played for the Pirates in his prime but in his twilight years managed to lumber into home plate just under a throw from Barry Bonds to put away his former team and send the Braves to the 1992 World Series.

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5/12/07, 3:00pm
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Sid Bream...I think he came up through the Dodgers farm system. I remember him.

How about "The Mendoza Line"? Ever hear of that?

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5/15/07, 5:42pm
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OMG Sid Bream.....I was actually at that game where that happened and the Bucs lost it.

And I also know what the Mendoza line is!

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5/15/07, 8:10pm
The Mendoza line??? ahhhh let me see if I can put my recollection of small bits of useless information trivia hat on here. I seem to recall that a rather obscure player named Mendoza, and I think it was, Rafael Mendoza, who batted right abou .200 for a season and the .200 mark became known thereafter as the Mendoza Line.

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Re: Grant Balfour
5/16/07, 8:51am
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Hi, Vicki,

You know, I was upset when the Dodgers let Bream go! I must have been nuts!

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5/16/07, 8:55am
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Yeah!!!

I think his first name was Mario. Otherwise, you got it!

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