ARLINGTON, Tex. -- There was a time when the boys of autumn who will be playing a World Series game on Halloween night this weekend dressed up and trick-or-treated like most every other kid.
And Texas outfielder Jeff Francoeur still lights up at the thought of his old neighbors across the street supplying a cotton candy machine for kids on Halloween night.
"I swear we had 700 kids lined up," Francoeur says. "Their parents wanted a margarita machine."
Amiable hosts that they were, Francoeur and McCann drew the line there, and not just because they were short on salt.
"I don't really think that would be good on Halloween," Francoeur says, smiling broadly.
Likes: The Margaritaville frozen drinks machine that my buddy Dr. Dan sent to me a couple of springs ago after he picked one up for his office party one year when the Indianapolis Colts were headed to the Super Bowl. ... The House of Prime Rib in San Francisco. Had the King Henry VIII cut the other night with three different kinds of horseradish. Excellent, excellent meal. ... Snickers and M&Ms on Halloween. Hot Tamales and Milk Duds are good. No Butterfinger bars or Milky Ways, please.
Dislikes: The World Series on Halloween. Besides the fact that baseball should not be played into November for myriad reasons, it takes me away from my daughter and her friends as they trick-or-treat and from my wife on her birthday (yes, Halloween day). Time was, if you covered baseball, Halloween was extra festive because it marked the beginning of some time at home in the off-season. No more, and it stinks.
Rock 'n' Roll Lyric of the Day:
"The zombies were having fun
"The party had just begun
"The guests included Wolf Man
"Dracula and his son
"The scene was rockin', all were digging the sounds
"Igor on chains, backed by his baying hounds
"The coffin-bangers were about to arrive
"With their vocal group, "The Crypt-Kicker Five"
-- Bobby "Boris" Pickett, The Monster Mash