- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Who made the most ridiculous argument throughout the season?

MARK ZUCKERMAN: Wow, there’s so many to choose from. Let’s start with this gem from you in early August. Asked which team emerged the best from the trade deadline, you went with the Yankees. “The Yankees went from a team that had been patching together ways to keep up to one that has considerably fewer holes.” Hmm, how did that one turn out for you?

BEN GOESSLING: I don’t have any kids yet, but when I do, I imagine it will be like looking back through your claims throughout the year here. I can’t pick my favorite, but you did call for getting rid of the home run derby a few days before Josh Hamilton provided one of the enduring memories of the season. You blamed Omar Minaya for the Mets’ troubles in June; they might make the playoffs now that he fired Willie Randolph. And then there’s this firecracker from Fourth of July weekend: “[The Rays] may be the best team in the majors … in 2009 or 2010. Sorry, I just don’t think they can hang on for three more months.” Bravo.

MZ: Uh, apparently you missed the part where Josh Hamilton blamed the home run derby for throwing his swing out of whack, leading to a huge fall-off in production since the All-Star Break. But forget about that. Let’s see if you remember the argument you tried to make a few weeks ago that the NL MVP should be … Brandon Webb? Evidently you were ignoring the 0-3, 12.51 ERA stretch he was in at the time, helping lead to the Diamondbacks‘ collapse.

BG: Picking on a 21-7 pitcher? Man, you really have to try hard. Or maybe it’s because you know what’s coming: In this pearl of wisdom from May 5, you argued the Diamondbacks - the aforementioned team now collapsing - had the NL West sewn up with a four-game lead. “It’s a lock for the Diamondbacks,” you wrote. Hey, there’s always next year - for them and you.

MZ: Oh well. At least we can both rest easy this winter knowing we didn’t make any really terrible predictions — like saying the Nationals would win 90 games.

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