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Via Deadspin, I can’t tell if this blog post is a joke or not:

Here’s what I want to do next spring. I want to return to 1955 and listen to every game played by the Brooklyn Dodgers, in real time, several games a week through to the end of the season.

I don’t know what happened to the Dodgers that year. I have no idea whether Brooklyn did well or badly. So if someone can contrive to play the radio broadcasts over the week and send me newspaper clippings at the appropriate intervals, I can live the entire season with each inning, each game, and the season outcome as a complete surprise. Within certain limits I can experience the Brooklyn Dodgers of 1955 as if I had found a seam in time, stolen back in history, and managed to come upon these boys of summer as they played a season completely unaware that there was a time traveler in their midst.

This is actually kind of a romantic idea, and I think it could be kind of interesting. Except that…

The 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers? Really? Probably one of the most well-known champions in MLB history? Does anyone who counts themselves as more than a casual baseball fan – which, I imagine you’d pretty much have to be if you’re really going to listen to 154 50-year old games – not know the one year the Brooklyn Dodgers finally brought the trophy home? Maybe if he’d said the 1940 Pittsburgh Pirates, or the 1976 Detroit Tigers, etc. There’s no way you know what happened to those teams if you didn’t look it up. (Which I just did to make sure I didn’t actually pick a pennant winner: the 1940 Pirates came in 4th at 78-76 and the 1976 Tigers finished 5th at 74-87. Just as non-descript as I’d been hoping.)

I hate to break the news, but…

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