My computer gets zapped.
Karma truly is a bitch.
I've spent my time away from this blog productively. I looked under various rocks to see where the Mets organization might be hiding. I tried to crack nuclear physics. I held Kenny Lofton at third base in Boston. You know, fun stuff.
What I learned, among other things, is that 2008 might not be that much easier than 2007 was. Consider this recent development:
No, Chuck LaMar is best remembered for ripping off a clueless organization of a top prospect.
National crosschecker Chuck LaMar left the Nationals to become director of professional scouting with the Phillies on Thursday. LaMar will also work with director of Major League scouting Gordon Lakey and provide input on trades
for Phillies general manager Pat Gillick.
According to baseball sources, LaMar left Washington to take a better position and because of some philosophical differences with some members of the Nationals organization. LaMar, who was not available for comment, joined the Nationals last November.
LaMar is best remembered for being the general manager of the Devil Rays for 11 seasons.
Great, Chuck LaMar with the damn Phillies. Speaking of which, Jim Duquette is currently without a job. Maybe he can join the Phillies too so he and LaMar can take long scouting trips together in the middle of Wyoming while laughing their heads off at the Mets. Oh, I can picture it now...Lamar and Duquette practicing trades with each other:
Yes, they can talk about the old times, while resuming their tradition of driving back and forth over the Canadian border where the mounties repeatedly ask them if they have any firearms in the car.
"Ok Jim, I'll give you Pat Burrell, Tom Gordon, and a ham sandwich for Cole Hamels..."
"No Jim, no. Let's try it again. I'll give you Wes Helms for..."
"Jim, you're supposed to wait until I finished."
"Deal! Deal! Deal! Wait, I don't have to ask anyone's permission, right?"
Duquette always says yes to that one...but bless his heart he's working on it.