I saw “Interstellar” over the weekend. I’m not going to give away any important plot points or anything like that, but I did want to share one amusing part of it.
The scene, set up from the very beginning, is an Earth in which dust storms and any manner of other bad happenings have basically crippled the world. Everyone lives on corn, as all other crops have failed, there are no more armies and scientific inquiry and optimism and all of that has, apparently, disintegrated due to apocalypses large and small. Life still goes on in a lot of ways — people have cars and jobs and there are schools and stuff — but it’s definitely a leaning-toward-a-dark-age scene.
One of the extraordinarily small yet extremely vivid bits of the scene setting is a baseball game. It’s on what looks like a small, minor league field in the middle of a farming community. One team is a local nine made up of what are presumably amateurs. The other team: the New York Yankees. Which still exist, but have been reduced to a barnstorming, probably semi-pro situation. They have a banner on the wall welcoming “The World Famous New York Yankees,” for example.
I’m trying to get my head around all that would have to happen in society for Major League Baseball to truly die like that. Yet what would not be so bad that the New York Yankees could still exist, in however a diminished form. And I can’t decide if seeing them diminished like that should be a joyful bit of schadenfreude for non-Yankees fans or if, alternatively, we should be concerned that not even a freakin’ world-threatening apocalypse can kill the Bronx Bombers.
Joel Sherman of the New York Post says that the Braves are pushing hard to trade catcher Evan Gattis.
Makes a ton of sense given his defensive limitations and the fact that the Braves have Christian Bethancourt ready to play behind the plate. Bethancourt is clearly the superior defensive catcher, he’s younger and, while the bat isn’t there yet, he has promise. Gattis’ power is incredible but as a catcher he makes a pretty good DH, which the Braves cannot use. They tried Gattis in left field once. That was horrible. He really can’t play elsewhere.
Gattis would feature well on an AL team who could use him as DH and occasional catcher. What the Braves can get for him will be John Hart’s true first test as the head of the Braves baseball operations.
Graham Womack of Baseball: Past and Present polled several hundred people about who the most important people in baseball history were. His results can be seen here. Some may flip and flop numbers 1 and 2, but I think either of them would be a good answer for the top spot.
Down list is where it gets more fun. I mean, both Marvin Miller and Bill James are in the top 10, and I KNOW that’ll tick some of you off.
This, by the way, is the best stuff of the offseason. Arguing about things like who the most important people in baseball are.