So I occasionally get a wild journalistic hair up my ass and want to do some actual research. When I woke up this morning the first thing I did was sit down to peruse Chase Utley’s fielding statistics because I’ve been concerned about his range, which I believe to be suffering due to his off-season surgery. Assuming I can make head-or-tail out of that gobbledy-gook, there will be more on that later: it may even be too early to tell.
But in my searching I stumbled across something so strange and so funny it makes me believe that I should just stick to my role here at Long Drive as Dr. Jones’s hatchet-man. When I arrived at the Chase Utley Statistics and History Page at Baseball-Reference the first thing that caught my eye was Chase’s middle name, followed by the quite promulently displayed sponsorship of Utley’s stat page. Click the thumbnail below and laugh:
“Wattybgood sponsor(s) this page.
Let’s Go Mets! Let’s Go Mets! Let’s Go Mets! Phillies will fall a bit short in 2008!”
At first I was annoyed, until I saw he sponsored it last season, and was calling for our team’s demise in 2008. That’s when I started to chuckle.
It turned into a full-blow chortle when I clicked Watty’s link – a page dedicated to the (metaphorical) self-fellating of aspiring professional photographer Terence Watkins, with the epic* domain grab of http://www.terencewatkins.com/. Terry’s picture says it all for me:
Click the thumbnail above for the full-size portrait, a 1920p x 2560p monstrosity that gives one a Liliputian feeling.
Oooh, he’s so mysterious! Look at the corduroy sportscoat and the aviators, reflecting the sunset he’s pretending to watch as he snaps a picture of his sideburns! He goes on to describe himself as a “renaissance man” who is “currently on leave from working for the man.” Line up ladies, he sounds like a real provider!
Just in case you were curious, he has an email address. You can find it on his page. Feel free to say ‘hello.’
* denotes sarcasm