The news to me is not that Bill Mueller has retired from playing--I thought that was a foregone conclusion after his knees flared up again early in the 2006 season. What's news to me is that he is immediately taking a front office job as a "special assistant" to the Dodgers' GM. I'm not sure if that is a real job or not--is it a cosmetic job? Something that keeps him on the team payroll for appearances and things like that? Or is he moving into the business of baseball, gunning for a GM or managerial job himself? What a pleasant surprise it would be if Buelly and his baby blues remained in baseball for a few more decades.
That said, today is not about baseball but football--college football, to be precise. I'm putting aside my general dislike for the college game to watch the cataclysmic Ohio State-Michigan contest today, because like an ALCS between the Red Sox and Yankees, it's an event that transcends sports. My dad is actually at the game today along with my sister and has already sent me an excited text message, which I'm sure is the first of many. I'll see if I can't get him to guest post sometime this week.