I've finally gotten around to reading Guns, Germs, and Steel, a great book. How did Europeans conquer North America? With germs, more than with firepower.
Right now, I'm lying at home, suffering from some germs of my own. I feel like crap, and not just because the A's had their winning streak broken by Jon Garland and the White Sox.
I've had a fever twice this year, once during spring training in Tucson, and again this weekend. Both times I got sick, the White Sox were in town, playing the A's. Coincidence? I think not.
The White Sox were 53-25 going into tonight's game, but according to Baseball Prospectus' Adjusted Standings, they should have been 10 games worse, about 43-35. How are they defying the numbers?
Germs, I say! The White Sox are a carrier, like fleas, mosquitos and rats. And like European conquerors, they spread disease wherever they go, rendering their opponents in a weakened state, so that they can win despite their mediocre talent.