Untouchables -- Greinke, Soria
Solid Major Leaguers -- Dejesus, Meche
Tradeable commodities -- Mahay, Grudz, Olivo
Unproven commodities -- Aviles, Gordon, Butler, Banny, Hochevar, Buck, Ram Ram
Non-essential employees -- pretty much everyone else.
So we saw Obama close-up and in person yesterday. He flashed us a million dollar smile that made us very giddy and weak in the knees for a moment. (But we still like women.)
Our favorite line in Obama's speech yesterday was about GWB's energy policy -- basically, the president had Dick Cheney meet with the big oil companies 40 times.
And Obama framed the energy challenge with the JFK go-to-the-moon analogy. Yes! That's what we've been talking about.
We're OK with off-shore drilling (Obama says he's not for now). As long as we're also going to go ALL-IN on the development of new sources of energy.
The drilling thing is a perfect Karl Rove issue. It's probably going to replace homo marriage in the Republican playbook this year.
One of the audience members asked Obama whether or not it was a good idea to take 20,000 troops from Iraq and send them to Afghanistan -- so we can win a war for a change. Obama thinks it's a good idea. We're not so sure, but that's only because we read Thomas Friedman's column yesterday.
There were two old guys with scruffy beards, red baseball caps and overalls outside of the venue, near a busy street...They were holding a sign that said "Rednecks for Obama." People were honking at them and giving them thumbs up.
This election is going to come down to votes for Obama and votes against Obama. McCain might as well cancel all of his appearances and just let Rush and Hannity try to win it for him by scaring 50 percent of the voters into the notion that it's better to keep doing what we've been doing for some stupid reason(s).
P.S. We were lukewarm on Claire McCaskill -- now she's on fire!
P.P.S. We still can't stand Jay Nixon and we hope he gets caught with a high-priced hooker soon.
P.P.P.S. Emil Brown had a couple of nice (adventurous) catches yesterday. He still looks just like Roberto Clemente out there.