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by Derek Smart
This morning we have this bit o' fun buried way down in an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer (emphasis mine).
The Phillies have talked with free-agent catcher Mike Piazza about a possible contract, a baseball source said, but it seems Piazza might have better options with the San Diego Padres or Chicago Cubs.
If you're like me, you're wondering who this "baseball source" is that's fingering the Cubs as an interested party in the Piazza game. Granted, I know nothing about the realibility of the Inquirer or the individual whose name is on the piece, but in my itty widdle brain, I envision an exchange with his editor that goes something like this:
Reporter: You wanted to see me?
Editor: Yeah. Sit down. I was noticing that you wrote in your piece here that the Cubs were interested in Mike Piazza. That doesn't make any kinda sense to me. Who was your source on this?
Reporter: It's a new guy I'm trying out.
Editor: A new guy, huh? Do I know him? What's his name?
Reporter: I don't think so. He's a foreign fella. Goes by the name of Auta Miaz.
Editor: Auta Miaz?
Reporter: Yessir, that's his name.
Editor: So, wait a minute. You're telling me that the information in your article came...
Reporter: Straight from Auta Miaz. That's right, sir.
Editor [with a large sigh]: Kid, get the hell auta miovise.