Unbelievable, but true

I’m not sure it’s so unbelievable anymore. The money just keeps rolling in for these guys. I guess I’m just jealous. Money can’t buy me love, right? I know. But I’d sure like to see what else it could buy me. Anyway, I digress.

Former Cleveland Indians pitcher C. C. “Baby Huey” Sabathia is going to be given $9.5 million — not for pitching for the New York Yankees, mind, but for simply saying “yes” to pitching for them.

On top of that, he gets a $14 million salary in 2009 and $23 million in each of the final six seasons of the deal. He wins the prize (for today, at least) for the largest contract ever for a major league pitcher. Nice.

Hand it to him, though. He did admit that “with the economy being the way it is … the huge amount of money, it was, you know, pretty crazy. But that’s our game, I guess.”

Well at least he was properly humble.

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Van Halen, yikes. David Lee Roth and Eddie Van Halen don’t look anything like they used to. But who among us does, right? *sigh*

Still doesn’t change the fact that they look like accountants playing Rock Band on Saturday night.

I remember a story my boss told me years ago, when I worked in the student activities office at a local university, where I was in charge of processing the contracts for the big-name acts the college booked. He said that Van Halen had a rider in their contract that demanded a large bowl of M & Ms be provided for the band backstage — but with all brown ones removed.

I always thought that was funny. I mean, they were definitely bad boys — bigtime party horses. But was someone in the band so paranoid about the color brown that concert organizers would need to go to such lengths? I didn’t believe it. But…turns out it’s true — sorta.

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Finally, PK sent me this link yesterday and I laughed. I think we can categorize this one as just “unbelievable.” Especially when you read the “testimonials.” HA

Hey, you have a nice Sunday. What are you up to today? For me: studying, maybe a little choreography, and watching the Browns and Bengals play for what little pride they have left. Yeesh. At least the Cavs are winning, for now.

Fink out.

5 thoughts on “Unbelievable, but true

  1. Sam

    Haha, that Princess Unicorn is a joke from the recent episode of (American) The Office.

    I shall return to the blogging world soon. Promise.

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    1. Rat Fink Post author

      Well it would be about time, sonny boy. And I plan on getting choreography done this week — shyeah right.
      :P

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  2. Ross

    Considering how CC pitched for the Brewers last season, he might be worth it. Personally I hope he’s yet another big armed disaster for the Yankees.

    VH- at their prime they were one of the top 3 rock bands of all time. They had everything- a top frontman, a brilliant lead guitarist, an astounding drummer, and a bassist who would otherwise have been ho-hum except for his killer backing vocals.

    On the subject of music, have you heard the Britney Spears track ‘Womanizer’? The chord progression and melody of the verses are a dead ringer for a Beatles song I can’t figure out. All I know is it’s one of John Lennon’s. Any help?

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    1. Rat Fink Post author

      Personally, I think a New York disaster would serve them all right. But that’s just me being snarky and a sore loser. Heh.

      I listened to “Womanizer” a couple of times, and couldn’t match the layout with anything I knew. There’s one recurring chord (called a b2, or “flat two”) that is used a lot in “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite” on Sgt. Pepper’s, but that’s the only similarity I could find. Sorry for no help!

      Admittedly, I think Lennon’s stuff with Yoko in the post-Beatles years was 99% crap. He was so broken, brainwashed, and ate up with the dumas, his music (with a few fabulous exceptions, like “Imagine” and “Happy Christmas”) just faded into mediocrity. And you gotta know how it hurts me to say it — John was my favorite husband from the Fabs.

      Let me know if you think of it – you’ve got me curious now!

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      1. Ross

        No, I think you got it, “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite” is most likely what I’m hearing. I dug up the chords, blew the dust off my Les Paul and played them both. Reason #298 why I never had a chance as a musician: the first chord change in Spears’ song is what I can’t describe in the right terms, but it’s like a fourth or something, C#m to F#m– that’s hardly unusual, so why – coupled with the descending chords from there – does it sound so much like a ‘Beatles chord change’ to me? Or maybe it’s the vocal melody that rang the bell? Playing the Beatles tune, the recording, leads me to think it’s the vocal melody, but I would have sworn that the song I was thinking of was written much sooner; I was expecting it to be on either ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ or ‘Help’, maybe ‘Rubber Soul’ but not ‘Sgt Pepper’s’.

        Both my parents could play a Chopin Polonaise on the piano effortlessly. My brother has a remarkable ear. I got just enough musicianship from them to misguide me into thinking I actually understand it.

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