The lineup for this Sunday’s Baseball Prospectus event at Rangers Ballpark got a little more awesome yesterday, when Rangers Senior Special Assistant Don Welke said he wanted in on the action, joining Jon Daniels and BP’s Kevin Goldstein, Jason Parks, and Joe Hamrahi for the Q&A portion.
I thought I’d give Kevin a gift to welcome him back to Texas. (Jason’s a native Texan and Joe’s a Cowboys season ticket holder, so touching down for the weekend is gift enough for them.) But what do you get for the guy who has it all?
Kevin’s a foodie but a man’s gotta choose his own BBQ sauce. Cookie bouquets are out, I don’t know if you can buy the whole U2 catalog on iTunes and don’t feel like trying to find out, and I thought about getting him a scoreboard he could watch every April, but the cool models don’t travel well.
So I decided on the ultimate give-up. And hey, it’s not like I could jump on Twitter and solicit ideas since Kevin reads every tweet by everybody, and as for the thought that I’d get in the car without a specific plan and go hunt for the perfect gift, well, frankly, I don’t have that kind of time. It would be sort of cliché and unimaginative – maybe even gauche – to give Bill Cosby a college sweatshirt or Jay Leno a car, but Kevin’s getting the obvious, a stack of the things he loves best:
Player comps and trade ideas!
If you’re among the 200-plus who will be at the event on Sunday, corner Kevin with your own – and lots of them! I mean, when it comes down to it, would Imelda Marcos really cringe at another pair of those cool new barefoot gloves?
Actually, I’m sort of tired of this already and so I’m only going to drop a few comps and a few trade hypotheticals, so now it’s even more important that you back my halfhearted effort with an impressive collective showing of your own. There’s almost nothing riding on this, but never mind that.
PLAYER COMPS (ceilings, typically; not present):
TRADE IDEAS (remember, in most of these hypotheticals, one team says no; in the rest, both teams say no – just a bunch of silly ideas to kick around):
Again, none of these are going to happen. Some are really not going to happen.
But you’re welcome, Kevin. A couple hundred of us are looking super-forward to seeing you this weekend, hopefully most with enough decency to gift you up thoughtfully. Just trying to set the bar.