Space Cadets: Zack Greinke and Spaceman Lee

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We had worked ourselves up into a lather about our latest tenuous connection between the latest news on Zack Greinke and Bill “Spaceman” Lee, hell-bent on jamming these hurling peas into a single UFO pod. We casually dropped this news on Brooks with a knowing grin; won’t we look so smart!

Flash Gordon and Invader Zim

Until, of course, Brooks pulled us aside and pointed out that the rather interesting interview BIG LEAGUE STEW held with Greinke revealed that he didn’t partake in the great Kansas City barbecue, choosing instead to eat Chipotle at every opportunity. As Brillat-Savarin said, “Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are.”

Zack Greinke, we’ve waxed philosophical about you in the past, but it’s all clear to us now: you’re a thousand-calorie bean-filled indulgence of a cultural icon. If “Spaceman” Lee is our Flash Gordon, you’re our bumbling Invader Zim.

So let’s get on to the much cooler story: the 62-year-old “Spaceman” Lee threw over six innings of ball at the Midnight Sun Game held on the longest day of the year in a 10-6 win. Lee, a native Alaskan, intended on throwing just one inning but kept going when he kept knocking down the youngsters.

Of course, it doesn’t take much arm speed to throw the Leephus, his take on the eephus pitch. We imagine those poor Alaskan boys thought it was the longest day of the year for more than one reason while trying to hit that looper.

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