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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Hardballtalk: Hiroyuki Nakajima says he signed with the A’s because Billy Beane is “extremely sexy and cool”

Things got a little steamy today at the press conference introducing new A’s shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima:

Susan Slusser@susanslusser
Nakajima says he wanted to sign with #Athletics because “Billy Beane is extremely sexy and cool.”

18 Dec 12

Susan Slusser@susanslusser
And now Billy Beane calls Nakajima “extremely sexy and cool.” Best press conference ever. #Athletics

This puts the hard in hardballtalk.

Tripon Posted: December 18, 2012 at 10:30 PM | 41 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: athletics, japan

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   1. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: December 19, 2012 at 08:41 AM (#4328334)
Someone has to replace McCarthy as the class clown.
   2. Toby Posted: December 19, 2012 at 08:49 AM (#4328337)
Does he realize Beane is not Brad Pitt?
   3. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: December 19, 2012 at 08:52 AM (#4328340)
Does he realize Beane is not Brad Pitt?

Does he realize he's not Billy Bean?
   4. Bourbon Samurai in Asia Posted: December 19, 2012 at 09:49 AM (#4328361)
Oh man the stage is so set for Moneyball II: Redemption now.
   5. depletion Posted: December 19, 2012 at 09:56 AM (#4328371)
Lost in translation without a map or a compass.
   6. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: December 19, 2012 at 10:02 AM (#4328378)
What does Kaz Tadano think?
   7. Knock on any Iorg Posted: December 19, 2012 at 10:04 AM (#4328380)
Noah Syndergaard had no comment through a spokesman.
   8. JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: December 19, 2012 at 10:31 AM (#4328397)
You're such a loser, Dad. You're such a loser, Dad.
   9. Jerry Lumpe Rutherford (Dan Lee) Posted: December 19, 2012 at 10:32 AM (#4328401)
I guess this means Todd Jones won't be coming out of retirement to join the Athletics.
   10. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 19, 2012 at 10:46 AM (#4328407)
“Billy Beane is extremely sexy and cool.”


We're not selling jeans here.
   11. Jim (jimmuscomp) Posted: December 19, 2012 at 10:51 AM (#4328415)
Todd Jones most definitely won't be coming out.
   12. J.R. Wolf Posted: December 19, 2012 at 10:53 AM (#4328418)
Sounds like Nakajima saw the Moneyball movie and got a crush on Brad Pitt. Ick.
   13. Juilin Sandar to Conkling Speedwell (Arjun) Posted: December 19, 2012 at 11:08 AM (#4328432)
That's a great response, new favorite player.
   14. Bob Meta-Meusel Posted: December 19, 2012 at 11:18 AM (#4328449)
I guess this means Todd Jones won't be coming out of retirement to join the Athletics.


Obligatory: Mike Piazza might though.
   15. Juilin Sandar to Conkling Speedwell (Arjun) Posted: December 19, 2012 at 11:23 AM (#4328458)
He seems totally adorable (from the rest of the press conference)
   16. zonk Posted: December 19, 2012 at 11:26 AM (#4328462)
Beane should have never written that 50 shades of green book...
   17. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: December 19, 2012 at 11:45 AM (#4328478)
Bromance!
   18. Perry Posted: December 19, 2012 at 12:05 PM (#4328504)
Does he realize Beane is not Brad Pitt?


Beane is actually better looking than Pitt. Now I'm a hetero guy, so maybe my opinion doesn't count, but my girlfriend thinks so too. One of the few (only?) instances where the real guy is better looking than the guy playing him in the movie.
   19. Hello Rusty Kuntz, Goodbye Rusty Cars Posted: December 19, 2012 at 12:15 PM (#4328513)
Beane is actually better looking than Pitt. Now I'm a hetero guy, so maybe my opinion doesn't count, but my girlfriend thinks so too. One of the few (only?) instances where the real guy is better looking than the guy playing him in the movie.


Paul DePodesta is better looking than Jonah Hill, if that counts.
   20. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: December 19, 2012 at 12:24 PM (#4328520)
Jimmy Piersall was better looking than Anthony Perkins.
   21. Hello Rusty Kuntz, Goodbye Rusty Cars Posted: December 19, 2012 at 12:30 PM (#4328530)
Ty Cobb was much better looking than Pete Rose.
   22. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: December 19, 2012 at 12:30 PM (#4328532)
I can't decide between Harvey Pekar and Paul Giamatti...
   23. PreservedFish Posted: December 19, 2012 at 12:40 PM (#4328539)
Art Howe has Phillip Seymour Hoffman licked.
   24. Der-K thinks the Essex Green were a good band. Posted: December 19, 2012 at 12:48 PM (#4328551)
So... does he mean lack of bathtubs, lack of Japanese style bathtubs, or simply the lack of size in American tubs?
   25. JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: December 19, 2012 at 12:59 PM (#4328564)
Brent Jennings, who played Ron Washington in the film, sure doesn't look like he was "experimenting" with hardcore drugs in his mid-50s.
   26. Bourbon Samurai in Asia Posted: December 19, 2012 at 01:21 PM (#4328592)
primey for 16
   27. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: December 19, 2012 at 02:13 PM (#4328650)
Beane should have never starred in that movie.

Art Howe has Phillip Seymour Hoffman licked.


Can we please, please not talk about licking Philip Seymour Hoffman?
   28. attaboy Posted: December 19, 2012 at 02:24 PM (#4328674)
Beane? Do you mean Brad Pitt or am I missing a jk? Pitt was good enough and without him, the movie might not ever have been made, therefore, I accept Pitt in this role, for all his faults.
   29. Traderdave Posted: December 19, 2012 at 02:32 PM (#4328686)
Off topic (or maybe not?) Ripken/Elroy Face is by far my favorite Primer handle. Vida Blew Over the Legal Limit is a close second.


   30. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: December 19, 2012 at 02:55 PM (#4328722)
Attaboy, yes, that was a joke.

Traderdave - Thanks! I'm sure it's nonsensical to a lot of folks who weren't around age 12 in 1989, but hey.
   31. DCA Posted: December 19, 2012 at 04:37 PM (#4328844)
Traderdave - Thanks! I'm sure it's nonsensical to a lot of folks who weren't around age 12 in 1989, but hey.

Really? That is probably the most famous baseball card ever. Of course, I was 10 in 1989 ...
   32. Gonfalon B. Posted: December 19, 2012 at 05:43 PM (#4328907)
Can we please, please not talk about licking Philip Seymour Hoffman?

I only do it for the psychoactive toxin high.
   33. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: December 19, 2012 at 05:51 PM (#4328916)
Really? That is probably the most famous baseball card ever. Of course, I was 10 in 1989 ...


I was 30. But I did later work in a card shop ...
   34. zonk Posted: December 19, 2012 at 05:51 PM (#4328918)
Can we please, please not talk about licking Philip Seymour Hoffman?

I only do it for the psychoactive toxin high.


In fairness, though - it really depends on what sort of hair gel he's using at the moment...
   35. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: December 19, 2012 at 05:52 PM (#4328919)
I only do it for the psychoactive toxin high.


You'd probably get much more profound results from licking Charlie Sheen.
   36. Voros McCracken of Pinkus Posted: December 19, 2012 at 05:59 PM (#4328925)
Right Said Hiroyuki
   37. Gamingboy Posted: December 19, 2012 at 06:14 PM (#4328938)
Ichiro, feeling threatened by hilarious translated quotes, will no doubt be on his A-game during the news conference saying he resigned with the Yankees.
   38. The Chronicles of Reddick Posted: December 19, 2012 at 06:23 PM (#4328947)
I only do it for the psychoactive toxin high.



You'd probably get much more profound results from licking Charlie Sheen.



and you would have to have a 18 constitution to handle licking the Lohan.
   39. Bourbon Samurai in Asia Posted: December 19, 2012 at 08:35 PM (#4329028)
38 wins
   40. Gonfalon B. Posted: December 19, 2012 at 11:15 PM (#4329087)
38 wins

Why are you leaving 2013 Houston Astros predictions on this thread?
   41. Karl from NY Posted: December 20, 2012 at 09:46 PM (#4329741)
Ripken/Elroy Face is by far my favorite Primer handle. Vida Blew Over the Legal Limit is a close second.


It can't be "by far your favorite" if there exists a close second. Nyah.

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