I overheard a fantastic conversation today in my office building's cafeteria. It occurred between a Red Sox fan and a Yankees fan. The most incredible thing about it was the mercilessly deadpan tone the Red Sox fan used. It was masterfully inflected pwnage to the point of cruelty. So you kind of had to be there to fully appreciate it, but here's a transcript anyway, with my attempts to note tone of voice:
RED SOX FAN: So, which ace you got going for the Big Team today?
YANKEES FAN: (Sheepishly) Yep, they ain't doin' too well.
RSF: But really, who's pitching today?
YF: Johnson looked awful, I know. I'm not sure who's pitching today. I know Johnson was awful, okay?
RSF: (Cheerily) You know! I heard he hadn't ever given up four runs in the first inning before. Is that true?
YF: I know. I know. He looked decrepit and old yesterday. It was awful.
RSF: (Juuust this side of mocking--really, his tone was masterful) What are they gonna do?!?!?
RSF: Hey, maybe the Blue Jays really are the second best team in the AL East this year.
Know what hurts even more than not being able to ogle Buelly anymore at Fenway? .354/.484/.563 in 15 Games. Thanks (or no thanks) to Steve Brady for that little factoid. Sigh.