Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Joe Morgan is back!!!!!!

Some people enjoy Opening Day because it means summer is right around the corner. Others enjoy it because they just miss baseball. Me? I enjoy it because it means Joe Morgan will be back with his weekly chats on ESPN.com again. Today he was as good as ever. It felt like he was never gone. I know I've written ad nauseum that his chats are the "best" because he rarely answers the questions and there's only 2 or 3 teams that he actually watches. But today he took it to another level. Enjoy:
Dave (Chicago): True or false: Cuban + Cubs = end of championship drought

Joe Morgan: I don't know if baseball wants someone like Mark Cuban, someone who's sort of a rebel. I don't know if the owners would accept someone like him. But the players love him.

Brian: But would he end the Championship drought? Eh, I guess that's a question for a different day.
Bradford, Memphis: Hey Joe. Since A-rod is lighting up the homerun board, how do you think he will fare later on in the season with his early season stats?

Brian: Surely you can answer this question Joe. It's simple. You can say something like 'I think he will do fine later in the year; he's an excellent player'.

Joe Morgan: Pitching is the key. You can only outscore the average teams. But the Yankees need him in order to have a good year.

Brian: Or you can go that route and ignore poor Bradford altogether.
Josh (Sheboygan, WI): Hey Joe, how many people will be at the 3 Cleveland games in Milwaukee?

Joe Morgan: To be honest with you, I haven't thought much about it.

Brian: That figures.
John, New York, NY: Good morning, Joe. Who are you surprised about the most after the first week? It can be an individual player or an entire team. And do you think we saw the real Carl Pavano last night in Minnesota?

Brian: Please be careful here Joe, this is a two-part question and I know you normally have trouble with those.

Joe Morgan: Probably Milwaukee. I thought they would get off to a good start. If you're going to pick a dark horse, it's them.

Brian: You weren't careful.
Rick H. (Selah, Wa.): Do you think King Felix has a shot at the AL Cy Young this season? Or, will it be another year or two?

Brian: Joe, I was hoping you'd completely ignore Rick's question and go off in an entirely different direction, almost like you didn't even read it before you start typing. Can you do that for me?

Joe Morgan: Dwight Gooden is the best young pitcher I've ever seen. He was better than all of them at a young age.

Brian: I was only kidding.
Steve Chicago: With Lidge being removed as closer, do you think the Astros trade him, keep him in a setup role, or does he earn his spot as closer with the Astros?

Brian: C'mon Joe, this is like a 2-foot putt. Steve in Chicago has pretty much done your job for you by giving you just about every possible option the Astros have with Lidge. All you have to do is pick one. Can you do that? Please. Just answer 1 question for us. I beg of you.

Joe Morgan: It's difficult because he's tried to get back on track ever since Pujols hit that home run in the playoffs.

Brian: Is it wrong of me to be mad that he gets paid for this?

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