Gaylord Perry and Bud Selig's comedy routine

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Bud Selig was at Giants’ camp over the weekend:

Just as Selig prepared to leave, Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry, in town
for a series of Giants functions, ambled into the room. Greeting Selig,
the 71-year-old Perry jokingly said, “I want the rules changed so I can
make a comeback!”

Playfully rubbing Perry’s shoulder and cap — areas where the 314-game
winner may have concealed greasy kid stuff to throw his notorious
spitball — Selig responded, “What rules need to be changed?”

Said Perry, “I think you know!”

I think it’s great that the Commissioner and Perry can joke about cheating to gain a competitive advantage.  Maybe if Mark McGwire and Barry Bonds “ambled” and joked more they’d get into the Hall of Fame just like Perry did.

Anthems, first pitches and other ceremonial stuff

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The World Series is not just about the baseball. It’s about the bigger-than-usual stars singing the National Anthem, the more-famous-than-usual people throwing out the first pitch and all of the assorted to-do which surrounds the ballgames. Here is that sort of stuff for Game 1 and Game 2 in Boston.

First pitches:

  • Carl Yastrzemski will throw out the ceremonial first pitch for Game 1. Yastrzemski also threw out the first pitch of Game 1 in 2004, 2007 and 2013. The Red Sox won each of those games and each of those World Series so, yeah, go with what works, right?
  • Members of the 2004 World Series Champions will throw the ceremonial first pitch of Game 2. It doesn’t say which members, so maybe my dream of Manny Ramirez doing it will work out after all. Hey, he played for the Dodgers too, so let’s make this happen, OK?

National Anthems:

  • Singer-songwriter James Taylor will perform the National Anthem prior to the start of Game 1. This morning Peter Gammons tweeted that Taylor’s family helped build Fenway Park. Let’s file that under “interesting, but not so interesting that it’s really worth tracking down to confirm, so why not believe it?” Sweet dreams and flying machines in pieces on the ground.
  • For Game 2 the National Anthem will be performed by the Boston Pops, with the Tanglewood Chorus and the Boston Symphony Children’s Chorus doing the singing. The Boston Pops are conducted by Keith Lockhart, who was a career .287/.354/.425 hitter in 37 postseason games with the Atlanta Braves. I mean, at least I’m pretty sure it’s the same Keith Lockhart. Again: not interesting enough to check so, like Gammons’ thing about James Taylor, let’s assume I’m right about this.

Play ball.