7. For the record, Greinke was the sixth pick in the 2002 MLB Draft, and the fourth pitcher chosen.
The foursome chosen ahead of him -- Bryan Bullington (Pirates, first overall), Christopher Gruler (Reds, 3d), Adam Loewen (Orioles, 4th), Clint Everts (Expos, 5th) -- have a combined 43 appearances in the majors, compiling half as many wins, eight, as Greinke had this season.
8. In retrospect, the highlight of the Patriots-Colts classic for me wasn't anything that happened on the field. It was this, during the always enjoyable "Monday Night Football" player introductions: Brandon McGowan, safety, The U . . . of Maine."
Hey, some of us have been waiting 30 years to see a Black Bear thrive for the Patriots. (Heartfelt apologies, Clay Pickering.)
9. If you watched "30 Rock" this past Thursday, you surely laughed at the spot-on spoof of "Around the Horn." Titled "Sports Shouting" -- can't believe ESPN think of that first -- it featured four talking heads screaming and gesticulating like Woody Paige tripping on Red Bull.
While the obvious humor was clever, the subtle humor was even better: Thanks to the wonders of the DVR, we rewound it and watched it in slow motion to read the fictional news items running on the ticker ticker across bottom of the screen, which included a string of soccer games with 0-0 scores.
But the best: KC Royals accidentally left off 2010 schedule.
10. As for today's Completely Random Baseball Card:
Seems like I'm praising a new baseball book in every post these days, but after perusing the thoroughly enjoyable 2010 "The Hardball Times Baseball Annual" -- sure, the charts are sexy, but I read it for the articles -- my new goal in life is to write a feature for them one of these years on one of my favorite teams, the offensively offensive 1975 California Angels, who had 55 home runs as a team. I'm not even kidding.
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.