fotoflexer_bert1The Baseball Writers of America Association (F.U.K.T.A.R.D.S.) announced their inductees for the 2009 Hall of Fame today, and, as usual, failed to include the greatest pitcher of Dutch origin ever, Bert Blyleven. What an ongoing travesty. He’s in the top ten in most significant pitching statistics and he was on 2 World Champion Teams, including the Sister Sledge inspired “We Are Family” 1979 Pirates. Bert won Game 5! Plus he had the greatest (spit-free) curveball in the game. Yet, somehow he’s not worthy enough to be enshrined with Don Sutton, for god’s sake.

Perhaps it’s because he never pitched for a New York team. Or perhaps the writers are like Nigel Powers: they hate people who are intolerant of other cultures and the Dutch.

Quick tip o’ the beak to Danny Boyle for winning the Best Director Golden Globe for “Slumdog Millionaire.” While the Hollywood Foreign Press is a farce, it is nice to see the director of “Trainspotting” recognized.