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Lance Berkman is a hoot, and I suspect that I would appreciate him just as much even had he not followed my example and attended Rice University. He had an awesome first half for the National League’s Houston Astros (and for my Irrational League’s Angels with Crystal Balls), but has tailed off since the all-star game.

Berkman explains in the Houston Chronicle:

“I was very pleased with May,” said Berkman, who hit .471 with nine homers and 22 RBIs in May.
Berkman has hit only seven homers since the end of June and has slumped in September. But Berkman’s overall numbers are still solid — .314 average, 29 homers and 104 RBIs entering Friday.

“The numbers look pretty good, but remember that scene in Vacation where Chevy Chase has his pants on his head and he’s staggering towards the filling station out in the desert?” he said. “That’s what I feel like right now. I’m staggering towards the finish line.”

He has a future in the booth.

There was more entertainment to be found in San Francisco Friday night. Check out the box score and see if you notice anything odd. I’ll wait.

Dum dum, de dee dum dum.

Done? Did you notice it?

Check out Bengie Molina’s line. (He’s another Angel with Crystal Balls.) He whacked a homer but scored no runs. How’d that happen? Molina hit a ball that was originally ruled a single off the top of the wall. His manager replaced him with a pinch runner, Emmanuel Burriss, and after that the hit was ruled a home run upon review. Burriss officially scored the run.

With two, maybe three, days to go in the season, my first-place Angels have a creaky four-point lead. A championship is no sure thing, but I’m more confident today than I was mid-week.

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