After being distracted for a bit, I’m changing up my schedule- expect an “Avengers”-themed Bizarre Baseball Culture by this time next week at the latest.
In Bizarre Baseball Culture, I take a look at some of the more unusual places where baseball has reared it’s head in pop culture and fiction.
Way back in the ninth installment of this series, I mentioned how one of the archtypes of superheroes is the patriotic hero. The most notable, of course, is Captain America, but there have been others: The Shield (who starred in that comic), Uncle Sam, Miss America, the Fighting Yank, etc.
This time in Bizarre Baseball Culture, we look at a comic involving one of the lesser patriotic heroes, one relegated (probably with good reason) to the dustbin of comic book history: U.S. Jones. He got his powers- whatever they are (they aren’t really expanded upon) from a scientist, and he fights enemies of America during WWII, as one does. This is what he looks like on the cover of the comic that contained this story, called “The White Killer”:
Wow, what a horrible costume. It’s somebody ate an American flag and then vomited upon Jones’ skin. And then there’s the U and S upon his chest. You know, in case you didn’t get that he was themed for the United States of America by the fact that his costume looks like he did stuff to a flag forbidden by the US Flag Code.
Anyway, the comic, from Wonderworld Comics #33, can be found here. It is in the public domain.
Go below the jump for more.
Due to the good reason of… I haven’t finished it yet… the Bizarre Baseball Culture for this week has been delayed, probably until tomorrow night.
A new Bizarre Baseball Culture is coming either later today or early tomorrow…
Here it is- 25 predictions for the 2019 MLB season with NO EXPLANATIONS GIVEN. You want to know why I think some of these? Too bad! In some cases, I may not even be sure myself.
- Boston will win the AL East.
- Cleveland will win the AL Central.
- Houston will win the AL West.
- The Yankees and Twins will get Wild Cards.
- The Yankees will win the Wild Card game.
- The Astros will win the American League.
- The Phillies will win the NL East.
- The Cubs will win the NL Central.
- The Dodgers will win the NL West.
- The Nationals and Brewers will get Wild Cards.
- The Brewers will win the Wild Card game.
- The Phillies will win the National League.
- The Astros will win the World Series.
- Mike Trout will win AL MVP.
- Trevor Bauer will win AL Cy Young.
- Vladimir Guerrero Jr. will win AL Rookie of the Year.
- Alex Cora will win AL Manager of the Year.
- Ronald Acuna Jr. will win NL MVP.
- Max Scherzer will win NL Cy Young.
- Victor Robles will win NL Rookie of the Year.
- Dave Martinez will win NL Manager of the Year.
- The Baltimore Orioles will have the worst record in MLB.
- The “Opener” will become more common.
- Giancarlo Stanton will lead MLB in HRs.
- Worries about a work stoppage at the end of the current CBA will increase.
So, I know I didn’t end up putting my “no explanations given” predictions last Friday, but I swear I am not falling back into one of my long hiatuses. In fact, I have a few things in the works.
These are just things I have in the works- there is nothing stopping me from just writing something spur of the moment, as I did with the Mike Trout and trout post.
DEFINITELY coming this week:
- “No explanations given” predictions for the 2019 MLB season
PROBABLY coming this week:
- A “Bizarre Baseball Culture” look at a public domain comic
IN EARLY APRIL:
- Updated versions of my Shazam/Captain Marvel “Bizarre Baseball Cultures” in honor of the release of the Shazam! movie.
- A “Famous for Something Else” installment
IN MID APRIL:
- A “Bizarre Baseball Culture”-adjacent post
IN LATE APRIL:
- Probably an Avengers-related “Bizarre Baseball Culture”
So, yeah… stuff is in the works.
Mike Trout is about to sign a $430 million contract, keeping him an Angel for likely the rest of his career.
Which leads to an important question: How much trout (the fish) could Trout (the ballplayer) buy with all of that money?
Ultimately, it depends on whether we are talking about whether he wants to buy trout as food or trout as fish.
The food is easy enough. Presuming that Mike Trout has Amazon Prime (and why wouldn’t he?), he could get 3.7 ounce Roland Rainbow Trout Fillets smoked and sliced for $7.08. That means that (if he doesn’t get taxed on his salary- and he will be) he could buy 60.73 million (60,730,000) of those. That’s 224,701,000 ounces of trout- 6,270 (long) tons. That’s a bit over half the weight of all the trash that New York City creates in a day. That’s a lot of fish.
Then, there is the questions of actual Trout. According to a trout hatchery that I found on Google that offers trout for pond/lake stocking, the price of rainbow trout varies both on how long the trout and how many are being ordered. So, depending on what type of trout that Trout wants, it could be anywhere from a maximum of 296,600,000 rainbow trouts between 4 to 6 inches to a minimum of 107,500,000 rainbow trouts between 10 to 12 inches. Technically the trout could get bigger, but that’s a “call for pricing” thing. I’m curious if that would even be possible. I imagine it would technically be, as trout are very widespread both commercially and in the wild. But then again, I’m not an expert here. Maybe Mike Trout could corner the entire trout market.
So, in short: Mike Trout is going to be helluva rich and be able to buy a helluva lot of trout.