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Are We Clear? ...Yes Sir. Are We Clear? ...Crystal.
Posted by Topper at 3/13/2008 8:51:00 AM
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Billy Crystal will play for the New York Yankees Thursday afternoon against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Does anyone care? Is this a publicity stunt to give baseball some positive press? Bud Selig has given his blessings. Is it a bad idea? If you were Pirates pitcher Paul Maholm, how would you pitch to the 60-year-old comedian? Finally, would you rank Crystal ahead of Rocco Baldelli, given Crystal's ability to stay alive and healthy for six decades? Inquiring minds want to know.


Plunk him in the ribs for making a farce of the game.

Er... guess not.
Posted by Erickson at 3/13/2008 9:21:00 AM
There's no upside to pitching to Crystal - if you strike him out then you were supposed to whereas if he somehow gets a hit then you're the guy who gave it up to him. It's kind of like getting a guy getting into a fight with a girl. Anyway, I think I'd throw at him. Seriously. You want to play in the big leagues? OK. This is the big leagues. If he gets out of the way, there's a 100% chance he will be rattled so badly that he won't swing at the next 3 fastballs.

I hear you about the Baldelli comparison. But since I'm down here in St. Pete, I read the St. Pete Times and see that Baldelli's condition has yet to be diagnosed and may in fact be life-threatening. For me that means that there can't be any more jokes about him - I hope that they figure out what's wrong with him and that he leads a normal life.
Posted by MPStopa at 3/13/2008 9:42:00 AM
I hate spring training baseball and go out of my way to never watch any games. This "publicity stunt" works because I'm interested to see how Billy Crystal fares against major league pitching. In my opinion, every major league team should be required to fill out a lineup card that includes an unqualified A-level celebrity at least once every spring training.
Posted by djm1144 at 3/13/2008 10:14:00 AM
Very sad situation with Baldelli - not something I'pd be joking about. What's next, Paris Hilton at third for the Dodgers? ******innuendo backspaced over******...
Posted by vtadave at 3/13/2008 11:21:00 AM
I'm not big on it. But let's face it, spring training these days is little more than a marketing tool for teams anyway. And Billy Crystal isn't the first celebrity to don a baseball cap. Tom Selleck struck out for the Tigers once, Bruce Hornsby pinch-ran for the Angels and Garth Brooks was actually a spring training NRI with the Padres not too long ago (he donated his paycheck to charity). I'm sure there were others I don't know about, too. I wouldn't hit Crystal in the ribs, I'd just blow three fastballs by him and sit him down.
Posted by Jason Thornbury at 3/13/2008 11:51:00 AM
Spring training shouldn't be taken too seriously. Ironically Crystal will be playing for the Yanks who are upset at teams taking Spring Training too seriously. Paris Hilton would make a better catcher.
Posted by kevinccp at 3/13/2008 1:55:00 PM
Well, Crystal fouled off a pitch, nearly singling to right before striking out swinging. I read where he was calling himself a DH, as in Designated Hebrew. That reminded me of Ron Blomberg, the orginal Designated Hebrew, who served as the league's first DH back on Opening Day in 1973. I had no idea Mr. Baldelli's condition could be life threatening. Best wishes to him for a speedy recovery.
Posted by jtopper at 3/13/2008 2:08:00 PM
I love djm's idea. Might as well have one "pro-am" game and get a few celebrities in there, although Crystal isn't much of an A-level celebrity any more (as King Kaufman said, he was playing this spring to promote his latest hit, ANALYZE THIS)

And whoever actually added Billy Crystal to the Rotowire database and added an update for probably wasn't necessary, but I got a good laugh out of seeing that one.
Posted by kennruby at 3/14/2008 10:51:00 AM

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