Saturday, March 25, 2006

Choiful

In January I compiled lists of all the punny headlines I could find after the signings of Coco Crisp and J.T. Snow. I was sure we'd see tons with the Hee Seop Choi pickup. Here's what I've found:

Choice Pickup - Empyreal Environs
Hee Sop Joy - 12eight
Happy Happy Choi Choi - Surviving Grady

What the hell? That's all? No "Ode to Choi"? No "No Choi in Mudville"? No "Choi of Sox"?!? C'mon, people. I really hope the puns return before the season begins - I mean, for chrissakes, we have a dude named "Riske" in the bullpen.

Probably the most positive comments on the Choi pickup can be found on a Yankees site, Bronx Banter. Best line: "Choi is a twenty-seven-year-old lefty-hitting first baseman with a severe platoon split who has yet to live up to his potential. Three years ago, the Twins released another twenty-seven-year-old lefty-hitting first baseman with a severe platoon split who had never lived up to his potential..." Nice. It's also pointed out that the tiebreaker rules which gave the Yanks the division last year without a playoff - basically bragging rights, nothing more - ended up hurting the Yanks, who probably would've loved to pick up Choi themselves. As it stands now, their backup 1B is Andy Phillips.

5 comments:

  1. Since his first outing with the Sox, I've called David Riske the obvious...David "Big" Riske. I hope I can change that to "no."

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  2. I made a comment on my blog about his name when we acquired him. Something about how unfortunate his name was and that it would be worse if he were a doctor.

    He was not my favorite pick up this offseason.

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  3. My title really wasn't intended to be a pun.

    Okay, yeah, I couldn't say that with a straight face.

    To make up for the dearth of puns, I slapped a few together for you:

    Choi Polloi
    Hee Who Must Be Obeyed
    What Seop?
    Big Seop Circus
    Hee for Vendetta

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