inessential by Brent Simmons


Sports fans -- or at least the ones that call talk radio -- can be so totally stupid. I have sports radio on in the background. A few callers have called to say that the Mariners need to make a trade for a hitter. Huh? At 29-9, the M's have the best record in baseball. They have pitching, defense, hitting, speed, chemistry. I can't imagine a trade where they wouldn't give up more than they're getting.

Specifically, the rumor is that the Rangers are shopping Ivan Rodriguez. Pudge. So what -- what, you want to give up Freddy Garcia for Pudge? No way. Not in a million years, you freaks. Go to blazes.

Can Ichiro approach DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak record? Some people think it's possible. Wow.

If that happened, I would freak out.