I Have No Idea What This Means, But I'm Positive It's A Scam

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Dhalsim.jpgSo this just came across the wire from a news service called, "The Hindu." I read it about 5 times. I'm still not sure what's it's all about but for some reason I find it both sad and humorous. I tried to pick out a couple quotes to put on this post but I couldn't, so I'll just post the entire thing and add my own emphasis with bold type:

Son of truck driver hopes for career in American pro baseball

New Delhi (PTI): The son of a truck driver, 19-year-old Rinku Bhramdeen Singh can now hope for a career in American professional baseball after topping a talent hunt with an over 89 mph throw.

Rinku, along with another Indian youngster Dinesh Kumar Patel (20), will fly to the US on Saturday to be trained by prominent international trainers and scouts.

They were both selected in a nationwide competition which saw the participation of 30,000 young men from 30 major cities.

Rinku, who can throw ball at over 89 mph and was adjudged the fastest thrower in the 'Million Dollar Arm Hunt' launched in December by an American sport firm, was on Friday felicitated by US Ambassador David C Mulford.

Along with him, Patel, the runner-up in the competition, was also honoured by the Ambassador.

Rinku, who hails from Uttar Pradesh and whose father is a truck driver, won a cash prize of USD 1,00,000.

The two youngsters will receive 12 months' intensive training under the supervision of prominent international trainers and scouts in San Francisco.

If all goes well during their year-long stint at the University of South California, they may get into a Major Baseball team for the 2009 season.

A few thoughts here:

1. What the hell is felicitated and why is our Ambassador doing it to guys?

B. How much money did he get? It's called the "million dollar arm hunt" but that doesn't seem like enough zeros. Also, 89 MPH got him the dough? Todd Jones just got on a plane to New Dehli.

III. I was unaware USC had a San Francisco campus, but I bet Brian Sabean signs him to an 8 year deal.

UPDATE: Felicitated means "congratulated." Stupid sexy worthless English degree.

UPDATE 2: Apparently it's not a scam! Thanks, DMac.

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34 Comments

I believe this is just the first chapter of Moneyball 2. People hopped on and figured out how important on-base percentage is, and so Billy Beane is now scouting India.

Buzz Bissinger will then write a book about how scouting India is "just a fad."

(after which the A's will make the playoffs 5 out of 7 years)

This article is just a little too into the fact that his dad drives a truck, don't you think?

20 years old? He has at least 12 years before Sabean tries any long-term deals with him.

I didn't know Calista Flockhart was from India.

So does this mean that every time this kid's future manager makes a call to the bullpen, he'll get put on hold for like three hours and still never wind up getting the pitcher he needs?

Every single one of these comments has made me laugh really hard.

The yogaflameball is the new gyroball

@ Matt

He also fields his position pretty well, what with the telescoping arms and all.

This was not what Gabe Kapler intended when he mentioned to the Brewers front office guys that he was going to check out some "new deli".

Roger Clemens had sex with Chun Li

I'd have Tiger Uppercut Chun Li's Hadouken too, if you know what I mean.

Ignore the "have," then re-read.

holy shit dmac...you are world hero for finding that

@dmac

Wow. So it's real and the entire contest was predicated only on who could throw the hardest. And the kid topped out at 89. Now they have to fly him over here and put him up for a year.

Cost > Benefit, methinks.

Also, where the hell are the pictures of the truck?

Damn, and I had money on Zangief. I was sure his spinning windup would win.

@CTC

Yeah but these are kids with no baseball training, presumably...with some coaching and developing the right mechanics and so forth, they could at least be throwing as hard as Sidney Ponson or Jeff Weaver within a couple of months, right? (see: two guys who have sucked balls for 10 years in the majors)

Prince Fielder is just happy to hear he might not be the only vegetarian in the league now.

There's a 'pitcher in San Francisco' joke to be had...but I just. can't. do. it.

Take me out to the ballgame
Take me out to the crowd
Buy me some samosas and vindaloo
I don't care if I never get back

That is excellent.

Franklin Ajaye is sneaky good at cricket.

The guy that came up with this is Barry Bonds' agent:

http://www.littleindia.com/news/128/ARTICLE/1958/2007-12-03.html

I always used to pick Dhalsim. Then I always used to lose.

Is Syd Finch mentioned anywhere in that article?

I heard Blanka has a nasty knuckleball he's working on down in Brazil...

the right mechanics and so forth, they could at least be throwing as hard as Sidney Ponson or Jeff Weaver within a couple of months.
graduate diplomas | MBA accounting degree | doctoral degree

the right mechanics and so forth, they could at least be throwing as hard as Sidney Ponson or Jeff Weaver within a couple of months.
graduate diplomas | MBA accounting degree | doctoral degree

People hopped on and figured out how important on-base percentage is, and so Billy Beane is now scouting India.
online Criminal Justice degree | adult education degree

If you're planning on accepting the money for the item, but don't plan on shipping the item, then yeah, you're breaking the law even if they are too.
rehearsal dinner

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