Eye of the Beholder

We set up Wildcard Weekend and look ahead to the returns of Ohtani and Miggy. A hair theme connects the MiLB Player of the year, Autism Awareness, and a sea troll. Perhaps Police Blotter should have focused on the confiscation of Maybelle's baseball bat cane instead of a three-balk at bat, but there you go. We say “Scorpions in your head,” “I’m done with my consonants,” and “I’ll process everybody’s sins if you get them to me before Thursday.”
We start off the last week of the regular season by setting up Wildcard Weekend, and looking to next year with Ohtani’s record deal and yet another return of Miggy. There was so much news about hair that we created a whole segment – Gunnar Henderson is Minor League Player of the Year, Harold Ramirez’s blue hair for autism awareness may inspire more postseason blue for the Rays, and cross-training with hockey introduces us to  Buoy the Sea Troll, the new mascot of the Seattle Kraken, who sports long blue hair as a “nod to hockey flow.”

The Cubs celebrate A League of Their Own in fine style, leading to a question about when is a baseball bat not a baseball bat – when it is a cane belonging to 95 year old Maybelle Blair and please let her take it on the plane. We love the weeks when Police Blotter can focus on multiple balks in one at bat. World Baseball Classic news focuses on Pakistan, Panama, and the seriously stirring and intimidating Haka done by the New Zealand team as a pregame ritual. Yadi will manage Puerto Rico, which involves more drama than one would guess, and the Puerto Rican women’s league is taking a hurricane break in the season but the players are rolling up sleeves to help with disaster relief.  The Hammers visit the White House in a surprisingly politics-free event, for better or worse. We say “Scorpions in your head,” “I’m done with my consonants,” and “I’ll process everybody’s sins if you get them to me before Thursday.”

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